A 6-year old alley cat was rescued after found wandering in the harsh winter cold in Montreal, Canada. The poor frowny kitty managed to survive living in the streets on his own but he fell sick and was in need of help.
Meet Barney the big stray cat!
“People from the neighborhood fed him but no one really cared for him. He was a big alley cat that everyone was used to seeing, and winter was hard,” Chatons Orphelins Montréal shared on a social media post.
Volunteers named the poor kitty Barney and quickly provided him all the medical attention he desperately needed.
“He smelled bad and had runny eyes. He had trouble breathing through his nose as it was completely clogged. He had parasites and ear mites, typical for a cat living as a stray.”
One of Barney’s ears was frozen and is now permanently folded. He is also missing several teeth and has visible battle scars from fighting for survival in the wild.
To everyone surprise, the big kitty was sweet to all the people that came to help him. Despite what he had been through, he is friendly and loves to be petted.
“This big teddy bear is very sweet and comes to us for some affection.”
Barney was under medications at the clinic. He is also FIV+, so they kept him closely monitored as he was being treated.
The frowny kitty never fails to meow to the staff and volunteers when he saw them and never complained when he was getting treatment.
“He is beefy and muscular. He had to be the king of his neighborhood. Obviously, with those big cheeks (testosterone cheeks), he is not neutered.”
Fortunately, Barney’s eyes have been healing so well. He will soon finish his medications. The people at the shelter are waiting for the former frowny kitty to be healthy before he can be neutered.
“When we visit him, he pushes his head on our hand to get cuddles,” the rescue said. “He had a lot of damage when he first came in, and we gave him time to heal.”
According to the volunteers, Barney’s recovery is slower than usual due to being FIV+ but he is always eager to see his human friends and happy that they are helping him get better.
In just a couple of weeks, the cat is no longer wearing a sad face. Now, he’s beaming with happiness.
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