Lovebug, as she goes by now, is getting a second chance at a happy life.
Sadly, the loving kitty’s early years were spent confined to a dog crate. Her first owner was mentally ill and unable to take care of the cat properly.
Cats don’t do well in confinement and they typically don’t feel the same sense of safety that dogs do when they’re crated.
Cats who are kept in cages for extended periods don’t get the chance to satisfy their natural urges to roam and explore and don’t develop hiding spots that allow them to feel safe when threatened. This can disrupt their social, emotional, and physical well-being and early trauma like this can often make them unsuitable pets later in life.
Luckily, Lovebug always had it in her to be an affectionate pet and boy did she ever show it off the minute she was rescued!
Lovebug’s saviors were a Florida-based rescue group called Furry Nation Salvation and this is her foster mom, Patty. Lovebug and Patty are clearly the best of friends.
Many cats in confinement will stop grooming themselves, virtually giving up on life in their miserable surroundings and when Lovebug was first rescued, her experience left her with a skin infection and patches of missing fur.
But after some time with Patty, her fur has grown back and her wounds have healed.
And she’s also become one of the most affectionate cats around!
Most cats that have gone through such trauma would be anti-social, but Lovebug embraced her newfound freedom and paid Patty back every chance she got with cuddles, headbutts, kisses, and nuzzles.
While her age is unknown, at the time of her rescue she was assumed to be between 3 and 5 years old – but no one knows how much of that time she suffered alone in a cage.
And against all odds, Lovebug became just as fond of her canine roommate as her foster mom! Patty reported that the sweet kitty loved cuddling with her dog at bedtime.
It’s clear that this cat is wasting no time in making up for all the love and affection she missed out on early in life.
Thanks to Patty’s love and care in fostering Lovebug, the cat found her fur-ever home in 2016.
According to the rescue’s Facebook page, a family drove 3 hours to adopt the sweet kitty after seeing Patty’s video.
Her new dad, Robert Clarke even e-mailed the shelter with an update to say she’s just as sweet and loving with her new family as she was with Patty:
“Lovebug is doing fantastic. You were right, she is very affectionate and wants to be held 24/7! She sleeps with me, on my chest every night and does not leave my side. I’ll be sending a video of her doing her chicken dance (4 footed happy feet) soon. She is a true Lovebug.”
Lovebug’s video with Patty now has over 200,000 views on YouTube and you can scroll down below to see it.
You can also compare it to the rescue’s original video of a tiny and malnourished Lovebug shortly after she was rescued from her original owner.
She was already deeply affectionate towards anyone who wanted to play with her the minute she experienced freedom.
It just goes to show that early struggles don’t always dictate an animal’s lifelong demeanor. Many just need some love and care to become wonderful pets.
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Source: Furry Nation Salvation