Meet Easter, a One-Eyed Ginger Kitten Who Has Risen Again
Update! Easter's amazing human friend has set up an official page for her Misfit Critter Farm and Sanctuary where she focuses on helping cats and farm animals, who usually end up neglected the most. Check it out to learn more about the critters in her care and what you can do to help Easter and her animal friends.
Meet Easter. She's not even a year old, but she's already got a pretty harrowing story.
Easter was born feral in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia after someone dumped her mother there. Fortunately, Easter and her family ended up in the care of a kindly woman, who took it upon herself to have the cats spayed and neutered, and let them live in her yard. Easter, being free and feral, disappeared for a spell with another one of the kittens,and apparently got herself into some misadventures, because she returned with a badly infected eye.
The woman in the mountains couldn't afford surgery for Easter's eye, and that's when Easter's current human friend stepped in. Armed with animal rescue and rehab experience and with enough room on her farm to accept the kitten into her menagerie, Easter's new friend took the kitten to the vet. What should have provided Easter with relief turned into a bigger nightmare for the kitten when the vet botched her enucleation surgery. Instead of removing the eye, they merely sewed her eyelid shut, causing the socket to become severely infected.
Despite these hardships, Easter's spirit would not be darkened, and even when she appeared to be at death's door, the kitten found the energy and courage to hang on. En route to the Virginia-Maryland Vet School to seek higher-quality care, Easter managed to crawl out of her transport box and lay her head on her human friend's hand, purring the entire way. Her human friend managed to raise the funds to pay for the school's top care, where vets continued to fight the raging infection in Easter's eye, as well as treat parvo symptoms Easter probably contracted in the care of her first vets.
Now Easter is on the strongest antibiotics possible to treat her infection, though it is not without risks. But so far, so good; Easter's latest update shows the kitten in good health.
All photos via Easter's Facebook page -- go check it out and tell her Catster sent you!
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