A tabby cat had been roaming the streets of Montreal, Canada for years. The poor cat often dealt with some pretty harsh weather conditions, especially during the winter. Thanks to a kind animal rescue, however, this tabby is now safe and warm in a foster home. Here’s his heartwarming story.
Braving The Streets
The tabby cat, later named Padou, led a rough life out on the streets of Montreal. With little to no food and rough weather, the animal was in dire straits. People would see him walking but often passed him by.
That was until one day, a woman named Aya saw him. She attempted to get close to him, but Padou didn’t trust people at all. He quickly ran off at the sight of her, but Aya refused to give up.
Each day, Aya would feed the malnourished cat. Little by little, she could get closer to him. However, he still wouldn’t let her pet him at all.
Aya knew that she would have to earn his trust soon. Another winter was coming, and Padou was already struggling to breathe. It was highly likely that he wouldn’t survive. She decided that it was time to call in reinforcements.
Time For Plan B
Aya contacted a local rescue group, Chatons Orphelins Montréal, for help. The organization quickly thought to put out traps to capture Padou for his own safety. The cat was way too smart to fall for that, though. With his time on the streets, he had learned to avoid being caught.
Rescuers came up with a different plan. They kept giving food to Padou but eventually began to hand feed him so that he would become used to being touched. After a while, the cat began to trust the workers and even allowed them to pet him. Finally, the rescuers were able to scoop him up and get him to a vet
Not Out Of The Woods
Once he had his checkup, it was discovered that poor Padou had a lot of health problems. In addition to his trouble with breathing, the cat had fleas, worms, and parasites. His ears were deformed, and he tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
The vet and the rescuers were determined to do all they could to help the cat. He was given antibiotics and was taken to a foster home. Padou quickly developed a bond with his foster mom, Morgane et Benjamin and was on the road to recovery.
A Complete 180
Now, it’s like Padou is a completely different cat. He enjoys being indoors and loves the attention he gets from Morgane. He also likes to play and run around. It’s almost like the past few years never happened.
Padou still gets a little uneasy around other cats and strangers, but, after a little bit of love, he lets his guard down. He will forever live with FIV but, with proper care, the condition is manageable. Padou is now ready to find his forever family, who will hopefully shower him with even more love and affection. He’s definitely used to it now!