Las fall, Broward County Animal Care, Florida found and took in Mr Meeseeks with his mom and five other siblings. The family was abandoned in a box and left outside in rain. The entire shelter was surprised at how unusual the entire litter looked.
It didn’t take much time for the news about this family to reach Amanda Kruczynski, one of the shelter staffers and an avid foster mom. She went to see them and saw the kittens huddled up against their mom. She knew right then that she couldn’t let them be there.
“I put them all into a carrier and took them home on my lunch break,” Kruczynski said. “I knew they would need time to heal from what they had gone through and I wanted to be able to lend a hand in that. We never did find out how they came to be in that box that night or why they were abandoned.”
Meeseeks was different from his siblings. He was too small to move around when he came to his foster home. He stayed curled up in a tiny ball usually and he was little and fuzzy. Nobody believed he was a real cat.
“Nobody believed his kitten photos were real,” Kruczynski said. “He looked like a little-felt toy and his size made it that much more unbelievable. Anyone who met him in person instantly fell in love and I had so many adoption inquiries about his entire litter. Talk about a one in a million cat.”
Because he was the weakest, his foster mom took extra care of him to make sure he was fine and developing well. She began keeping an extra eye on him and the little kitten did the same. Soon, he began making sure she was never too far from him.
“Meeseeks stood out to me for so many reasons,” Kruczynski said. “No matter where I went, he would follow me; if I closed a door he’d be there when I opened it. It was almost like he was protecting me, standing guard.”
The litter seemed to be doing just fine until one vet checkup revealed that all of the kittens had feline distemper, a deadly disease that some kittens fail to survive. However, this litter pulled through it. Mr Meeseeks and his siblings were finally ready to be put up for adoption. But, when the time came for them to part ways, Kruczynski just couldn’t say goodbye to Meeseeks.
“The day we went to the shelter to say our goodbyes, I hesitated,” Kruczynski said. “I’d never hesitated before. He looked up at me from the mass of fluffy siblings in his carrier and basically signed the adoption papers himself.”
Unlike his other siblings, Mr Meeseeks didn’t seem to have completely recovered from his feline distemper. He began vomiting every day and had severe respiratory problems. Soon, it was evident something wasn’t right. So, when the next test he had showed nothing, his new family were devastated. They were already so much in love with him that they knew they had to do everything in their power to save him.
Meeseeks was misdiagnosed with cancer and incorrectly given barely any time to live. But then, he was again diagnosed with feline gastrointestinal eosinophilic sclerosing fibroplasia. Although the newly discovered disease is unknown to many, it is something Meeseeks can live with, if he is helped properly by his vet and his family.
Although Meeseeks never looked completely healthy, he has fought through it all, and now, when he is a year older, he is thriving in his new life.
“Once he started on his treatment his personality really started to shine through,” Kruczynski said. “He’s extremely energetic! He absolutely loves to play with the laser pointer and would run around chasing it for hours if we let him! At night time he knows where I sleep and will scratch on my pillow until I let him under the covers. He has always remained extremely attached to me.”
People still don’t believe Meeseek’s unusual appearance. They love his unique and adorable face. And, despite having so much of issues, he is very grateful that his family has let him in.
“Even after everything we’ve been through I would never regret adopting him, even for a second,” Kruczynski said. “There’s no way to know how long he has here with us but [if] he’s fought through this much already, there are no reasons to doubt that he’ll keep on fighting.”
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