Woman Says Adopted Earless and Deaf Senior Cat Rescued Her

Jerriann Sullivan
Oct. 26, 2017

Get ready for a feel-good story to brighten your day.

Image via instagram.com/adventuresofotitis/

Meet Otitis, a 9-and-a-half-year-old cat who -- despite being deaf and earless -- is helping one woman manage her anxiety.

He was spending his time alone at a shelter when grad student Molly Lichtenwalner met and adopted him. "He’s the best thing I ever did, and he definitely rescued me, I didn’t rescue him," she explained. 

Image via instagram.com/adventuresofotitis/

Otitis had cysts in his ears, which had to be removed and left him deaf. After his health crisis, his owners surrendered him to a shelter. Thankfully, Lichtenwalner was uniquely prepared to have a disabled pet because she's a former deaf dog mom.

"I told myself that when I was ready for a cat, I would only adopt an adult cat with special needs," she told Bored Panda. So she browsed PetFinder and "when Otitis popped up, I knew he was the one," she recalled. 

Lichtenwalner's way of raising disabled pets includes showering them with love, which she said Otitis has returned ten-fold. "Living with him is an absolute dream," the cat mom shared. "He is the most loving, snuggly cat and he makes me feel so loved." The adorable kitty cat has a lovely Instagram account filled with pics of him snuggling his human -- and, of course, demanding belly rubs. 

Image via instagram.com/adventuresofotitis/

That love is crucial for Lichtenwalner, who has an anxiety disorder: 

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.

Awww. Don't we ALL feel better after spending some time with our furry friends? 

His constant support has meant the world to Lichtenwalner:

He is my Emotional Support Animal and always snuggles me at night and when I'm very stressed or having a panic attack. He is sometimes the only thing that can calm me down.

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