On Thanksgiving, I needed to run to the store to pick up a few things. For some reason, I decided to go a completely different way down a back alley. From a distance, I saw what looked like a tiny stuffed animal. As I got closer, I realized it was actually a small kitten.
She was facedown, covered in ants, and smelled of urine. I picked her up and was surprised to see she was alive. I took her home, cleaned her, and tried to make a comfortable bed for her in our bathroom, as our two other cats were not happy about the new visitor.
I rushed to the pet store to get a bottle, some formula, and food for her. We thought she was a boy, so my sister named her Champ. Not more than a hour or so after I got her home, she began to have violent seizures. They continued throughout the night every few hours. I rushed her to the vet as soon as they opened the next day.
The vet was very discouraging and said we would most likely need to put her to sleep, as the seizures were not letting up. The vet let us know that Champ was actually a girl, but we decided to keep the name anyway.
I continued with antibiotics, and, to all of our surprise, the seizures slowly started to go away. When she was finally seizure-free, I realized her pupils in her eyes didn’t move. Sure enough, the vet confirmed that she was blind from all the trauma. For the next couple of weeks, she continued to improve everyday and became the most playful, active kitten I’ve ever had. Amazingly, her vision started to come back, as well.
Today she is a typical 4-month-old kitten. She loves to play with strings, balls, and our two other cats. She is very good at playing fetch. She has brought so much love and joy to our lives, and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to rescue her. She is truly a Champ!
Story submitted by Jeanine Perez from Miami Beach, Florida.
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