When little Cricket was born to his breeder, he had a missing eye, cleft lip and crooked jaw. His breeder surmised she wouldn’t be able to sell him. If people knew she had bred an “imperfect” cat, it would affect her business. So, she decided she was going to put him down.
But someone came to know about her plans and this person knew she had to try and save little Cricket. She finally found someone who could help.
It was Megan Boehm who came to Cricket’s rescue. Even though she knew next to nothing about Cricket, she knew she couldn’t let an innocent animal die. The breeder agreed to give the little kitten away and fortunately, Boehm became Cricket’s new mom.
“It wasn’t even a decision,” Boehm told The Dodo. “I hadn’t even seen a photo of him but as soon as I heard his story, I knew I had to save him. There was no way I was getting a little kitten with some small disabilities be killed because he was born different. And when I saw him, [it was] love at first sight.”
Cricket was an ironically a huge mess when Boehm first took her home. Due to the breeder’s neglect, he was sick and malnourished. Boehm, a college student stayed home from class on Cricket’s first day home so that she could give him all the attention he needed. Within only a few days, Cricket recovered. A visit to the vet made things clear that the little kitten was going to be perfectly fine.
“Cricket seemed right at home when he arrived,” Boehm said. “He wanted to snuggle all day long! After he gained some weight and got unconditional love from me, he was on his way to full recovery.”
Knowing that Cricket was different and taking care of her would take bit more effort, never bothered her. To her, Cricket is just a normal cat and Cricket too has never noticed that he’s any different. Except eating wet food because of his crooked jaw and cleft lip, he’s just like any other cat.
Cricket may look different from a typical cat, but that doesn’t mean he is any less adorable. In fact, his mom wouldn’t have him any other way.
“Cricket has honestly given me purpose,” Boehm said. “I look forward to seeing him every day. I can’t wait to come home from work or class so I can snuggle him. When I am stressed, sad or even angry, Cricket always makes it better. I look at Cricket and see what he has had to overcome and I know I can get through life’s challenges.”
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