This is the happy ending story about a 9-year-old white cat named Otitis and a woman named Molly who suffers from severe anxiety who saved his life.
Otitis is an earless white cat belonging to Molly Lichtenwalner. Molly found him through PetFinder at the Feline Rescue Association of Baltimore. Poor Otitis suffered from cysts in both ears and his hearing organs and ears had to be removed to save his life.
Molly fell in love with Otis the first time she saw him saying:
“I was having severe anxiety as a result of a car accident… I decided it was time for me to adopt an animal to help with my anxiety because nothing helped me more than snuggling some furry friends. He is some times the only thing that can calm me down… He’s the best thing I ever did and he definitely rescued me, I didn’t rescue him.”
Otitis had an owner before his ears were removed. Apparently, they didn’t want a deaf cat who wasn’t picture-perfect anymore and surrendered him. Molly doesn’t mind his unique appearance and considers him beautiful and “owl-like.” She’d had a deaf dog in the past and knew what to expect. To Molly, Otitis is beautiful inside and out and provides emotional stability in her unsteady world after taking on the role of emotional support animal. He knows how to calm her during an attack and he makes her feel loved.
Not only does the story of Molly and Otitis show their love for one another, it gives us advice for when we go looking for a new furry friend at the local shelter. See the beauty inside. Adopt a cat who’s a little bit different. You’ll be glad you did.
You can keep up with Otitis on his Instagram page.
Do any of the readers have a story about how your cat has helped you emotionally? Is your cat a bit different than the norm? Please leave a comment describing your “gotcha” story or how your cat saved your sanity.