An 8-month-old kitten named Zara was brought to the Fix’Em Clinic in Charleston, West Virginia for sᴜʀɢɪᴄᴀ sterilization. The vet noticed her breathing problems and decided she needed to be seen first by a specialist, a local rescue group in Charleston, for help. Little Zara had to surrender because its owner could not provide the medical care it needed to thrive.
The rescue has brought her with open arms. “She was taken to the local vet for a check-up. We quickly determined that we needed magnetic resonance imaging for an in-depth diagnosis and possibly treatment.”
Everyone from the vet’s office went to meet the sweet kitten and gave her what she wanted, hugs and more hugs. Two IBKC volunteers accompanied the out-of-state kitten to the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center in hopes of determining its health status. After a few days, they had an answer for the sweet cat.
It turns out that the poor soul was born with an asymmetrical brain, Zara has eyesight and can breathe normally on the right side. She has no left nostril and cannot do a nose job. Her left eye is undeveloped but protected. No sᴜʀɢɪᴄᴀ needed.”
Her condition is said to be congenital. According to the vet, “Zara is who she is” and she’s lovable, calm, and completely trustworthy.
Most newbies accept hiding when they get to a safe place. Not Zara! She immediately jumped into bed in her foster room and is at home and She doesn’t scream, sᴄʀᴀᴛᴄʜ, ʙɪᴛᴇ or try to get out. She just wants to be loved and cuddled.
One-eyed kittens are happiest when cuddled with a friend. She never complains when she is given medication for an ear infection and always makes sure that no one feels alone in the house.
Despite the health problems, Zara has the sweetest temperament and always craves to be hugged and loved.
A few days ago, Zara went to the vet and surprised them with her amazing progress. She has gained healthy weight and is on schedule for sterilization surgery in two weeks.
Knowing that the kitten loved to be cuddled, the doctor held her in his arms while examining her heart and lungs. “We made a promise to Zara when we brought her home that we would love and care for her as best we could,” the rescue team said.
In a few weeks, this little wonder will be ready to find a place to call its own. Zara continues to make strides every day and touches people’s hearts with her beauty, inside and out. Zara deserves it and is proof that you can’t judge a book by its cover.