When we help others who truly need it in a manner that is truly helpful—when we practice compassion—we live life fully.
“The cactus patch is huge, but all of the cacti have very tiny needles. There is very little room for kittens to crawl around underneath. It was impossible for us to reach in without tearing ourselves up on the needles. On top of that, the mother cat would attack us if we got close. So basically, he was crawling around under the cactus just gathering needles for the first 3 weeks of his life.
The night we finally got him out, he was blindly dragging himself along the top of a cactus looking for his mom. We plucked him and ran before mom tore us a new butthole.
He was covered in abscesses, fleas, and thousands of cactus needles. We took him to the emergency vet and they kept him overnight to give him antibiotics and to try to clean him up a bit…
…He had some deep ulcers in both eyes when he first opened them, and the vet gave us some Tobramycin drops to give him. The ulcers cleared up, but he has some visible permanent eye damage in the left eye (He has a milky scar near the edge of his eye).
It doesn’t seem to bother one bit, outside of messing with his depth perception a little. He still races around at full speed and plays like any other kitten.”
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