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Homeless Cat Opens Its Eyes For The First Time In Months, Stuns Everyone With Their Beauty

The cat’s cotton was on the roads alone, hungry, ill-ridden, and near death. His eyes were scabbed with mange and he was eaten alive by mites, it was almost impossible to find any kind of food without using his eyes. But then came the angel of his guardian. When she received him, Carmen Weinberg, founder of Animal Friends Project Inc., was heartbroken and took him under her care immediately.

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

“Because the mites were so bad, he couldn’t even see or open his eyes,” Carmen informed The Dodo. “It must have been so scary that he couldn’t see out there. He was all alone and so thin that he was unable to discover food.

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Having cleaned him up, Carmen helped Cotton regain his power by feeding him with heart-warming meals while eating creams, coconut oil, and multiple antibiotics. “We could see the relaxation of his tense body as the days went by,” she said. “He could lastly rest without so much scratching.”

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

“Cats like Cotton depend on individuals to heal because they can’t always ask for assistance… I’m sure so many people passed him by because of how sick he looked, but he was just waiting for someone to offer him a opportunity.”

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

With lots of care, Cotton has finally opened his eyes

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

As Cotton, still unable to see, began to feel that he was given a second chance at life, the bond between the pair grew strong. The transition was amazing as Carmen’s care and nutrition cured his countless health problems, but the day he eventually opened his eyes again was a really lovely time. “We believed he’d be blind and blind forever,” Carmen clarified. “The vet thought they might be damaged even if his eyes recovered, but they weren’t. It was such an amazing surprise. His eyes were pretty.

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Cotton’s transition from dirty bag-of-bones to a good and dashing tomcat was complete with one eye a bright blue and the other a hazel. Surprised as anyone to get back his vision, he lived so well with Carmen that she simply couldn’t give him up for adoption, not that he was short of suitors! “Because of his looks, we had so many requests for him, but in the end, I saw how attached he had become to me,” she said. “I didn’t have the strength to make another large shift for him. He’d been through so much already.

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg

Carmen’s job is vital to South Florida cats, where there is a severe issue of overpopulation. “After seeing the enormous number of homeless cats in South Florida, I decided to begin the Animal Friends Project,” she informed Bored Panda. “Most of these cats required spaying and neutralizing, and many were sick and wounded, and it seemed that individuals and organisations did not do much to assist. I thought that individuals would become animal buddies and want to assist them by raising consciousness of this issue.

“My spouse, son, daughter and sister assist a lot and I have a couple of volunteers and fosters but I do most of the coordination and operate myself as I’m the one who visits the low-income regions where most animals reside. The problem is that every time I visit these groups, I discover sick animals and it’s difficult to do stuff like teaching and fundraising while I tend to the sick cats. Lots of riding to visit the vet.

“My recommendation is not to disregard them, please. Anyone can be of assistance to livestock. Many sick stray cats are friendly and putting them in a box and taking them to a vet is very simple. People can raise funds to pay for medical treatment. At least take pictures and ask for assistance.”

Working tirelessly for her feline friends, Carmen’s non-profit has supplied hundreds of community cats in the region with Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) facilities, but much more needs to be achieved! You can donate here or maybe promote or embrace yourself a kitty to assist. Find out more about Carmen’s Facebook or Instagram!

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