Earless And Deaf Feline Saves Woman After She Adopts Him From The Animal Shelter

There are very few things in this world that make your day instantly better. Snuggling a furry animal is usually a universally accepted cure to a bad day. Long term snuggles with a furry friend can only result in more long term happiness! Molly Lichtenwalner can certainly attest to this and learned this lesson first hand when she adopted her first cat.

No more Petco visits for me! Finally adopted 🙌

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Lichtenwalner, who suffers from anxiety disorder as a result of a traumatic car accident, had been contemplating getting a pet to help keep her calm She said, “because nothing helped me more than snuggling some furry friends.” However, she didn’t want just any pet. She knew they had to be a good match, so she just started to casually keep an eye out for her pet-soulmate. “I told myself that when I was ready for a cat, I would only adopt an adult cat with special needs,” said Lichtenwalner.

Weekend snuggles with mom today! #AdoptDontShop

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Then one day, Lichtenwalner met Otitis. He is a 9-year old cat who had been surrendered to a rescue by his owners after having a surgery for cysts in his ears. The surgery resulted in Otitis having his external pinna and internal hearing organs removed, which made him completely deaf.

Clever name aside,  (“otitis” means inflammation of the ear), Lichtenwalner met him and knew she’d met the right cat for her. Lichtenwalner, who had owned a deaf dog before, knew how to care for a deaf animal and wanted to take this unique fella home.

My time at grandma and grandpa's is coming to a close 😿 #adoptdontshop

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Despite having no ears or ability to hear, Otitis is a loving, happy kitty. According to Lichtenwalner, he is the best choice she ever made. He helps her anxiety, and she admits that sometimes Otitis is the only thing that calms her down during an attack. “He’s the best thing I ever did and he definitely rescued me, I didn’t rescue him,” said Lichtenwalner.