With the support and advice from compassionate netizens, they successfully nursed Coco back to health.
If we take one look outside our windows, we will spot at least one stray animal struggling to find food and shelter for themselves. These abandoned mute creatures can not verbalize their troubles and ask for help, but we can step up and aid them in any way possible. According to the National Library of Medicine, there are an estimated 60 to 100 million feral cats living in the U.S.A. without a permanent shelter.
Most of these street cats suffer from contagious diseases like viral conjunctivitis, feline AIDS, leukemia and herpes, to name a few. Many times people abandon their pets carelessly and they end up getting into life-threatening situations. A Reddit user, u/ikedness, documented the recovery journey of a kitten after rescuing her from perishing on the street without any help. The 27-year-old Filipino man documented the kitten's entire story on his Reddit profile, which has touched the hearts of countless netizens.
"I initially thought that she was just covered in oil and thought to clean her and then put her back where I found her. So I picked her up using blankets. Then a lady told me that it was glue or adhesive that's stuck on her," the Reddit user told Newsweek. The rescued kitten was named Coco. She was found alone near the Reddit user's apartment building. When the rescuer took her in, the kitten was in an impoverished state.
The Reddit user turned to the internet and asked people on the platform to help him find a way to remove the glue safely from Coco's fragile body. "The same lady told me that some kids were playing with her on Saturday and she got covered in glue. I found her Monday morning," the man recounted, as reported by the outlet. "I Googled how to remove glue from cats, and the suggestion was to soak [her fur] in vegetable oil and leave it for a bit. It did work with the glue stuck on her fur but not on the glue stuck on her skin. So I posted on Reddit for advice, and one Redditor said to use coconut oil."
More netizens swarmed with their advice to help save the poor kitten's life. "After two to three hours of light brushing with coconut oil and a sponge, 99 percent of the glue was removed," the Reddit user added about how netizens' pieces of advice turned out to be effective. Also, the user continued posting updates about the kitten's health and recovery journey. He posted about taking Coco to the vet for vaccinations and deworming process. The Samaritan who saved the kitten's life continues to post regular updates about the progress in Coco's appearance, which has transformed drastically ever since she was found covered in adhesives.
Fellow Reddit users left positive comments for Coco and her kind rescuer too. u/neellocc wrote: "She’s getting so big! I’m so glad you found each other and she’s doing well." u/LilChoctawgal commented: "Her eyes and her entire energy and demeanor. It’s awesome to see someone that isn’t just doing this for likes, that your heart is really in it. Thank you for saving this tiny life, she deserves her chance to know that not everyone is cruel and heartless." u/AFucking12Gage appreciated the rescuer and wrote: "Bless you for saving her. I was devastated seeing her when you first posted. Good people like you are invaluable."
The new kitten owner had nothing but words of gratitude for the members of r/cats subreddit. "She will stay with me. It feels amazing that r/cats went above and beyond to help Coco. I couldn't have done half of this without them, for their advice, donations, kindness and support. There is no problem with her appetite. She likes to eat. Her temperature is normal and she can now run and play, as you can see in the videos," Coco's owner said. We will be staying tuned to get more updates on Coco as she thrives in her forever home.