The story of Edgar Allan Purr begins like a something out of a book of fairytales: It was a dark and possibly stormy night back in October when this tiny 4-month-old ginger kitten was ditched by his evil family and left among a colony of black feral cats. Unfortunately, none of the other cats wanted to share their food with young Edgar, and due to his kind demeanor and lack of street smarts, his future looked bleak and hungry.
Thankfully, Edgar caught the eye of a kindly lady who saw his predicament and ushered him into a warm sanctuary at the PAWS shelter in Ohio. It was there that it became apparent he was suffering from an oral injury, which was also causing Edgar to shy away from being petted.
“When he was rescued, he was several pounds underweight and skittish, both because of the pain associated with a gum infection in the back of his mouth,” says Jennifer Truax, who is now fostering Edgar.
Recalling her very first meeting with Edgar, Jennifer continues, “He has big, innocent eyes that scowl when he’s upset. I could tell that he wanted so much to be loved. His favorite thing in the world is chin scratches — but when your favorite thing gives you pain, you don’t know if you can trust it.”
While Edgar’s gum condition was quickly treated by a vet, another wave of bad luck was soon to strike him. Due to some of the steroids he’d taken to cure his oral infection, he put on weight to the point where his balance and grasp of gravity wasn’t quite as sharp as it used to be.
One day he clambered into his favorite cat tree only to take a tumble. He landed awkwardly and broke his hip.
After eight weeks of cage rest, Edgar finally seems to have recovered on all counts and ended his early ordeals. Jennifer describes him as “a cuddly little guy who likes to sit with me on the couch.” He’s also reached a weight just shy of 10 pounds, although he’s retained his “kitten-shaped head and great big eyes.”
Despite Edgar’s original aversion to petting due to his mouth injuries, he’s now turned into quite the enthusiast. “If I’m not in a place to cuddle,” says Jennifer, “he’ll suddenly appear in front of me, stretched out before my feet and begging for a few scratches before I’m ‘allowed’ to pass by him.”
“Edgar also absolutely loves to nuzzle into my neck when I carry him around on my shoulder,” she adds.
With Edgar proving successful in his foster stint, he’s now up for full adoption.
Since Edgar faced so many setbacks early in his life, you might wonder whether that clowder of feral cats put some sort of a spell on little Edgar. Jennifer has a simple answer: “He’s sure had a string of bad luck, but I believe that misfortunes are just the beginnings of fairy tale endings.”
For further information about adopting Edgar Allan Purr, please visit his profile page via PAWS Ohio. Please note that PAWS will not ship cats.
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