In November 2016, one of Carly’s relatives stumbled upon an injured kitten. Carly felt an instant urge to help the small tabby due to her experience growing up on a farm where taking in cats and kittens was common practice. Her love for felines has always been present.
Carly discovered that a kitten, which was saved after a snowstorm at the age of nearly one week, had lost its vision in one eye. Carly recollected that when they discovered the kitten, it had a stick stuck in its eye due to the harsh freezing temperatures. Although the stick was taken out, the poor kitten’s ability to see from that eye was gone for good.
Fortunately, besides the harm to its eye, the little kitten seemed to be doing fine. Nevertheless, since it was still a young feline, known as Little Guy, it should have been getting its nutrition from its mother. This led Carly to provide him with milk substitute or kitten formula every few hours via bottle feeding. “It’s possible that his mother abandoned him, which is something they occasionally do if the kitten is injured,” Carly stated.
Luckily for the small tabby, Carly turned out to be a wonderful substitute mother, and they developed a unique and close relationship. Carly admits to immediately falling for the adorable little kitten and eventually decided to adopt him, giving him the name “Little Guy.”
Thanks to Carly’s care and attention, Little Guy flourished from a small kitten into a strong and healthy adult cat. Nonetheless, when he reached the age of about three, his previously injured eye began to swell.
Carly said that they had to remove it eventually due to eye complications. However, Little Guy recovered quickly from the operation and adapted well to being a one-eyed feline.
According to Carly, some individuals may assume that he is unhappy or has noticed a change due to his visual impairment. However, she explains that he has been unable to see from one eye for a significant period of time and is unaware of what he is missing.
Actually, many people assume that Little Guy is less active and nimble than the average cat. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. According to Carly, Little Guy’s balance, coordination, and playfulness are not affected in any way compared to a standard cat.
Little Guy is a highly energetic cat who enjoys keeping himself occupied. He spends time with Carly’s kids and also indulges in his favorite activities such as playing with strings, chasing laser pointers, and making ‘shout out’ videos with the letter board.
Little Guy, despite having only one eye, is not significantly different from a regular cat and does not need any special attention. However, as Carly brought him home in November 2016, she has taken extra care to safeguard his remaining vision. Carly admits that she always worries about the possibility of something happening to his other eye, which is why they keep him indoors.
Carly is putting in a lot of effort to assist Little Guy in shedding the pounds he gained due to his asthma diagnosis and steroid medication. According to her, Little Guy has been gradually losing weight through a combination of exercise and healthy eating, and she is determined to go the extra mile to ensure his well-being.
Little Guy, who was discovered outside in a cold and injured state, has finally found a permanent home after five years of being rescued. Thanks to Carly, Little Guy now has a secure, warm, and joyful place to call home. Although Carly acknowledges the privilege of adopting Little Guy, she believes that having him as a member of her family is just as valuable. “Little Guy entered my life during a time when I needed him the most. He’s a blessing to me,” Carly says.