Mid Hudson Animal Aid (MHAA), a no-kill rescue, in upstate New York, took in a lilac point kitty named Eddie from a feral colony in 2013.
Jennifer Blakeslee, his adoptive mom, describes him as a “hot mess” and “as mean as they come” when he was first rescued. What really happened was that Eddie was in severe pain. He has had a few drastic surgeries, but now he is a loving, gentle giant.
you know what’s better than fresh tuna and the smell of daisy’s butt and the sight of floyd frozen into submission by my steely gaze? this—the feel of my human’s hand cradling my head. before, when i had ears, this was impossible because it hurt the way it’d hurt if i saw daisy stepping out with another man (or rather, how it’d hurt him once i scratched his eyes out and gummed him black and blue). but now, thanks to all of you guys who spread the word and helped fund my surgery back in november, i’m alllllll about the love. seriously, it’s like my head fits perfectly in her palm. except when she pretends she can stave off old age and puts stinky eucalyptusy goop on her hands—that shit makes me wanna hurl. but i don’t, because she’s mostly, like, cool and stuff, what with the feeding and the poop scooping and the head cradling. except when she’s doing something other than those things. because… say it with me now… #ilivewithnumnuts.
Blakeslee now describes Eddie, or as he’s know on Instagram as “the Lilac Lion” as “serene”. He loves belly rubs, snuggling with his sister-cat, Daisy, and treats.
omg what’s that in your hand what is it gividamee what is it i want it lemme see it give it here gimme it what is it i see it gividamee come on gimme it please i can smell it i don’t know what it is but i need it gimme it come on just let me here gividamee i want it come on gimme it i need it yes that right there please yes gividamee already
It took a long time to get Eddie from ferocious feral cat to docile domestic pet. When he arrived at Mid Hudson Animal Aid, he had severe, chronic ear infections and a dental condition known as stomatitis that causes inflammation of the gums and lips, oral ulcers and severe pain when eating.
Poor Eddie was in so much pain, he couldn’t bare being touched. His severe discomfort became misplaced rage that he would direct towards anyone who dared to approach him. The kind folks at MHAA refused to give up on him.
this is me back in february, when the good folks at @midhudsonanimalaid raised enough money to have my ears ablated (ear canals removed), because i had insane infections that made me mean as all get-out. they took my teeth out too. and now i’m pain-free and totally into bellyrubs and scritches. it’s cool, because i TOTALLY rocked the shaved-head cone-of-shame look.
Eddie underwent a dental procedure under anesthetic during which all of his rotting, painful teeth were removed. A 2015 fundraiser collected enough money to pay for him to undergo a radical double ear ablation , the removal of the entire inner ear, leaving only the outer flap.
Eddie was now toothless, deaf and HAPPY! The rescuers he had once hissed at, now lets them give him scratches and belly rubs, too!
During the same time, Jennifer Blakeslee was recovering from the loss of her own special needs kitty, Shackleton. She wanted to pay the love forward by taking in another special needs pet. When she walked into the shelter she immediately fell for the big lilac cat with the tiny ears.
Eddie found his perfect human. Last year Blakeslee noticed that he was scratching at his ears severely enough to draw blood. A veterinary specialist determined that it was in Eddie’s best interest to have the remaining ear pinnas removed.
good morning, instagram! it’s eddie here, live in the studio and broadcasting from the satellite of lovvvvvvve on this lovely #caturday. i’ve got food on my #coneofshame, controlled substances are swimming in my bloodstream, and my sweet little ladylove’s got my back. it could be worse. i could be recovering from some terrifying frankenstein operation where they unwrap the bandages and i look in a mirror to see what they’ve done to me. . . oh wait. . . i guess they don’t call it #specialcaturday for nothing, hunh.
Blakeslee told the blog, Hi, Homer:
“Now he’s earless AND toothless, and happier than ever!”
Eddie still remains a bit skittish, which is understandable after all he’s been through, but Blakeslee says there is no longer a trace of that famous temper!
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