Happy Tails



……..When my sister called me to say that while having lunch with a friend, she learned they had a tomcat with an injured eye living in their greenhouse, I contacted AAF to see if they would be willing to take him in. I agreed to be his foster home and AAF arranged for my sister to drop him off at a local vet clinic that works with AAF. We named him Cyrus (a twist on Cyclops due to his missing eye). Cyrus had an injured and badly infected eye as a result of a fight and a pretty bad upper respiratory infection (URI). AAF had the injured eye removed, and treated him for his URI. While initially he was prone to random acts of aggression, once his painful eye was removed, he calmed down and become one of the sweetest, most affectionate cats I had ever fostered. Over the course of a few months, it became clear that Cyrus would have chronic URIs (one required 8 weeks of antibiotics to clear up), had a heart murmur, osteoarthritis and was developing asthma, making him a hard pet to adopt out. I was already in love with him, and the long list of ailments secured him a permanent spot in our home.

Cyrus loves kittens and has become my foster baby helper, always willing to clean a kitten, snuggle an orphan, and on more than one occasion, kittens who have decided he is their new mommy have attempted to feed from him. He really is a special soul, and I am so glad to have him in my life.

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