Sarah Richardson from Community Cats of Central Arkansas received an urgent call from another rescue group seeking assistance. Whiskers 316 informed Sarah that they had found a cat with an injured eye, and they were unable to provide the necessary medical care. Despite their desire to help the sweet feline, their veterinarian suggested euthanasia. However, the women of Whiskers 316 remained hopeful that an alternate opinion could save the cat’s life. Read on to learn how this resilient tuxedo cat’s determination to survive has set him on a journey to find genuine and unconditional affection.
Coming to the Aid
Sarah was contacted by the rescue organization, seeking her help to save a cat from being put down. Without any hesitation, Sarah agreed to take the cat in, despite having minimal information about it.
The cat, named Chester later, arrived at Sarah’s doorstep the following day. Upon examining him, Sarah was taken aback by what she saw.
(Note: The pictures have been altered to conceal any unpleasant injuries.)
Sarah shared that Chester had obviously experienced an eye injury that caused it to rupture. Chester sought comfort in her lap, aware that she was someone he could rely on. It pained her deeply to see the extent of Chester’s suffering. Sarah resolved to exert all efforts to alleviate his agony.
Upon noticing an issue with Chester’s eye, Sarah wasted no time in contacting her veterinarian for advice. The vet determined that the eye would require removal as soon as possible. However, Sarah’s momentary glimmer of hope was short-lived as she was confronted with yet another difficult decision. Chester had been diagnosed with Feline Leukemia, a virus that negatively impacted his immune system. Additionally, he was anemic, meaning that his blood count was low. Given these factors, it was clear that surgery would be a significant risk to Chester’s life, with the possibility of him never waking up again. With little time to spare, Sarah had to decide whether or not to proceed with the surgery that Chester desperately needed.
A Happy and Hopeful Feline
Sarah understood that surgery was the only way to save her beloved cat’s life. Without it, he would have to be put to sleep. So, she took Chester to the vet for surgery, where he underwent eye removal and neutering in two days. The vet warned that such procedures are extremely painful for cats, but the operation was a success. Although Chester was in immense pain, he remained strong and determined to recover. Now, he is back home, all patched up and on his way to a full recovery.
It was evident that he possessed an unwavering spirit to survive. He was a fighter in every sense of the word. Sarah reminisced, “He was the most remarkable surgical patient we’ve ever encountered. His determination was truly remarkable.” After the surgery, Chester found it difficult to regain consciousness. Anxious and hopeful, Sarah waited with bated breath, rooting for her little hero to emerge victorious.
After six hours, Chester finally regained consciousness. Sarah felt a great sense of relief at this development.
Post-surgery, Chester’s condition started improving notably soon after.
Within three days, he managed to lift his head and exhibit more of his usual behavior.
However, there was still an ongoing adjustment phase for Chester as he got used to seeing the world with just one eye.
Sarah described how the removal of Chester’s eye led to confusion and disorientation, which was similar to the experience of learning to walk again. Despite this challenge, Sarah had unwavering confidence in Chester’s abilities and believed he could overcome any obstacle. Eventually, after a period of recovery and learning, Chester’s unique personality began to emerge.
According to Sarah, her cat Sweet Snuggly is the perfect companion for snuggling. Unlike other cats, he’s not interested in toys or games, preferring to relax and chill out. During his recovery journey, he slept next to Sarah and her husband every night, craving their attention and affection. Sweet Snuggly simply couldn’t get enough of their love and wanted to be as close to them as possible.
Chester may seem calm and collected, but he knows how to get what he wants! According to Sarah, he won’t hesitate to ask for attention – he’ll even put his paw on your face if you’re not giving him enough. He’s so friendly that he’ll even wake Sarah up at night just to say hello! It’s almost like he’s saying “come on, show me some love!” And when it came time to take out his stitches, Chester was a great patient once again.
As Sarah treated his wound, Chester remained calm despite the discomfort. He held complete trust in her and felt grateful for her assistance, knowing she had his best interests at heart. Sarah couldn’t help but comment on how sweet Chester’s personality was, highlighting what a great catch he would be. Yet, due to his feline leukemia diagnosis, adoption wasn’t going to be easy. Most shelters would resort to euthanizing cats with this condition. However, Chester’s future could still be bright. With proper care and support, cats with feline leukemia can thrive and live fulfilling lives for many years.
Chester, a lovable dog, has been in foster care for more than a year and is still waiting for his perfect forever family. It’s a mystery why no one has shown interest in this sweet boy, who deserves a home where he can be loved and appreciated. Thankfully, Sarah and her family have taken him under their wing for the time being, providing him with the care he needs. Sarah wants to ensure that Chester lives a life filled with luxury, as he’s been through a lot and deserves the best. If you’re interested in adopting Chester, he’s currently located in Sherwood, Arkansas. Click here to fill out an application. If you have any questions about Chester, don’t hesitate to reach out to Community Cats of Central Arkansas. Please spread Chester’s story and help him find his forever family.