He was suffering from a very bad case of cat flu after fending for himself at such a young age for days in a dirty, cold bin. After several trips to the veterinarian, Max heard that while his kitten was doing much better, he would never be able to see again as his eyes had been too badly damaged.
They went home with a strict regimen of creams and antibiotics for Yuri's little eyes and administered them religiously. They made sure the little animal was always warm and fed, and that he had his medicine on time. Roni even took him to work with her so he would never be alone. Max continued:
Thinking back we had a lot of heart breaking moments when we were sure that he wouldn't make it. We didn't know much of taking care of kittens but we did our best.
Yuri did not seem ready to give up, either, and he kept fighting to live. He would purr violently each time his humans pet him, and thanks to his determination, one of his eyes started healing. Unfortunately, the second one was already too badly damaged and they had to have it removed.
The kitten has since recovered and now looks like he has a permanent wink on his face! His parents love him just the way he is because Yuri seems to be oblivious to the fact that he only has one eye. He is curious, playful and very loving, just like any other kitty who has two eyes.
The story of Yuri's recovery and determination is inspiring to everyone he meets. He loves his forever home where he gets to play with his brothers and sisters all day. Max concluded:
We had a lot of reasons to believe he wouldn't make it, he did not look like a living being for most of his life. But he proved us wrong. He knew we were doing our best to save him so he did his best to fight to live.
If you live in England, you can visit the RSPCA, and if you live in the United States, you can visit the ASPCA to get more information about pets available for adoption.Tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up in shelters each year, either due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. Consider adopting before you shop, and visit your local shelters before going to a breeder. Every dog and cat deserves a fair chance at a forever home.
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