You can’t underestimate the power of love. A little love and care can go a long way, and work miracles when everything seems impossible. For instance, take the cat in this story. A cat had been living outdoors for a while. The poor kitty had been wandering blindly for a while until a kind stranger saved him and got him help.

Carmen Weinberg

Meet Cotton, the stray cat. He was found wandering outdoors in Royal Palm Beach. Joe, the owner of the home, came outside and was devastated by the state of the poor kitty.

“He said Cotton came out of nowhere and started eating from the bowl of food he had for his cat. He said Cotton seemed very hungry, like if he had not eaten in days,” Carmen Weinberg, founder of Animal Friends Project, said.

Carmen Weinberg

He knew that the cat was suffering from severe mange. The cat’s eyes were completely shut because of it, obsuring all his vision. The man went back into his house to get a carrier and baited Cotton with some food inside. Cotton was so starved that he walked right without a second thought.

The guy wrote a post on Facebook asking for someone to help the cat, when Weinberg reached out. “Early the next morning, I drove to pick him up. I took him immediately to my vet… and they confirmed that he was suffering from mange.”

Carmen Weinberg

“He purred the whole time they were examining him! He received antibiotics, a dose of Revolution and fluids and we went home. Fortunately, I had a spare bathroom where he could stay.

“Cotton was very skinny but fortunately, he ate well and was in good spirits. He must have sensed we were trying to help him and he loved to be touched.”

Carmen Weinberg

“My husband Don, son Carlos and daughter Elisa, are used to dealing with cats with many illnesses and we knew that if we took some precautions, that we could still touch and love Cotton to help him heal.”

“We put Coconut oil to soothe his skin and gave him lots of water and canned food to keep him hydrated. Cotton stayed hunched over for days and days and seemed very uncomfortable. It was hard seeing him in that condition, knowing only time would heal him.

“Little by little he started to gain weight. It was a nice surprise to see that he had one blue eye and one yellow eye. His hair started to grow again.”

Carmen Weinberg

“Cotton is very vocal and he would make noise to let us know that he wanted attention. He loves people and searches for attention. He wants to be where you are.”

Carmen Weinberg

After being showered with a lot of love and care, Cotton improved drastically. His mange died down, and fur grew back again. This is what he looked like after he recovered:

Carmen Weinberg
Carmen Weinberg

He doesn’t even look like the same cat! After the mange subsided, the kitty could finally open his eyes. To everyone’s surprise, he had two differently colored eyes—they were gorgeous! A little love went a long way for this cat, who can now live the rest of his life in peace and comfort.

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