Stray cats need our help more than ever, especially the most vulnerable and weak. One day, a weak and frail cat sat on the third step of a woman’s apartment building. It appeared as though he hadn’t been fed or given water in a long time. The woman, moved by the cat’s pitiful state, decided to take him in and provide the care he desperately needed. This marked the beginning of a heartwarming journey for Otto, the abandoned cat who found a new home and family.
Upon bringing Otto into her apartment, the woman could tell that the cat was sad and on the verge of giving up. His ears were turned down, his eyes were almost closed, and his face was swollen. Despite his condition, Otto was a gentle and grateful soul. He allowed the woman to give him water and food, and even meowed as if saying “thank you” each time she fed him.
Otto’s fur was so matted that it had to be shaved off, and when he was washed for the first few times, gray water flowed into the drain. The cat smelled of garbage, as if he had been surviving on scraps from the streets. But even as he was being washed, Otto purred and licked the hands of his rescuer, showing his appreciation and trust.
The woman tried to find out if anyone in the building knew anything about Otto or his previous owner, but nobody had any information. When she took him to the vet, they discovered that Otto had a chip, but it was unreadable. To ensure Otto’s health and safety, he spent the first few days in the bathroom area until the vet gave him a clean bill of health.
Introducing Otto to the woman’s other two cats, Sam and Dean, was a slow and cautious process. Otto was initially nervous and would run into his litter box when people walked by. However, as he began to adjust to his new environment, he became more comfortable and lovable. Otto’s eyes held a certain wisdom as if he were an old soul who had seen and experienced much in his life.
A few days after his rescue, Otto weighed only 7.5 pounds, which was significantly underweight for a male cat. The woman decided to foster Otto, and eventually adopted him when she realized he could get along with her other cats. Otto’s primary goal was to find his place in his new family. He did so by blinking slowly at the other cats, which was his way of trying to convey his friendly and peaceful nature.
As Otto continues to thrive in his new home, he remains grateful for the love and care he receives. He still meows and looks at his mom with so much appreciation.