When Carmen Morales Weinberg took in a sick and hurting cat named Cotton, she was unable to imagine the amazing recovery journey he would be making.
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Six-year-old Cotton had lived on the streets and was not only weak and hungry but also crippled with mange. The parasitic mites had left his face covered with scabs, robbing him of his eyes.
The poor cat was totally blind and had worked hard to feed himself without seeing anything.
Weinberg, the founder of Animal Friends Project Inc., understood how terribly frightened and distressed the poor cat was feeling and resolved to do all they could to help.
Weinberg set out to secure the weight and health of Cotton, and help him get rid of the mange.
The mites caused him a great deal of discomfort but Weinberg managed to get the mange cleared up bit by bit with the help of antibiotics.
She also worked with various creams in the sore skin of Cotton to further cure mange and help ease discomfort and itching.Finally, the combination of antibiotics, ointments, love, and treatment created a significant improvement in the quality of life for Cotton.
Weinberg “We could just see his tense body start to relax as the days passed. He was finally able to rest without scratching so much.”
Weinberg was pleased that Cotton finally felt better but she had no idea how well the treatment worked.
That’s until the unexpected happened: Cotton had his eyes opened.
By the time Cotton first opened his eyes, Weinberg was blown away.
She was not only amazed that he could still see the poor little cat–she’d assumed the mange had left him blinded for life–but he had an absolutely stunning set of eyes.
Cotton’s was revealed to have heterochrony: two different colors for his eyes. One eye was a gorgeous hazel and the other a beautiful blue.
Cotton was happier than he had ever been after regaining his sight.
And he realized the root of his renewed joy was Weinberg.
Cotton would lovingly follow Weinberg around and Weinberg could not help but return the affection.
While originally meant only to rehabilitate and foster Cotton, she knew his place was with her now.
Now, with the woman who gave him his eyes back, Cotton has found his home for ever, and he can finally live his life happily, happy, and pain-free.
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