Savannah Anas and a friend felt compelled to take action upon learning about a litter of kittens born in a remote location, all alone and in desperate need of rescue. They embarked on a journey of two and a half hours to save the kittens, only to find upon arrival that one of them was suffering from a severe, life-threatening eye infection.
The ailing kitten, subsequently named Scar, was in poor health, and the infection appeared to be so severe that Anas was concerned he wouldn’t survive it. She promptly took him to the vet, hoping to save his life, only to be met with devastating news.
“The doctor would not be able to connect him to monitors, insert a breathing tube down his throat, or gauge how the anesthetic was affecting him throughout the surgery since Scar was so little at only 2 weeks old and 8.5 ounces,” Anas, a marine biologist and animal advocate, shared with The Dodo. “As a result, it was a very high-risk procedure.”
The vet advised Anas that while there was a good possibility Scar wouldn’t survive the surgery, he also wouldn’t survive without it. They chose to take a chance and proceed with the operation in the hopes of saving Scar’s life.
Surprisingly, it proved successful. Scar’s eye and all the diseased regions around it were successfully removed by the veterinarian, and the small kitten survived the procedure. Anas knew Scar was meant to be hers as soon as she heard the news, and she brought the miraculous cat home with her.
Anas had to bottle-feed Scar every two hours since he was still so young, but Scar is now a happy, healthy little kitten with no health concerns. His only flaw is that one of his eyes is gone, but his new mother has figured out how to care for him as well.
Scar’s mother opted to have a small eyepatch created for him to help keep his stitches clean and secure following his operation. Because he was so small, she frequently had to take him along for lessons and errands, and he wore the eyepatch wherever he went, bringing joy to everyone he encountered.
“Scar likes his eye patch,” Anas added, “and it doesn’t affect him at all.” “He never attempts to remove it.” Instead of people being scared of him because he doesn’t have an eye, I think it made him more accessible.”
Scar is now approximately 6 weeks old and is the most active and energetic cat I’ve ever met. He may have had a difficult start in life, but he’s now happier than ever, eager to embark on any new journey with his mother at his side.