This dear little cat came into Holly Hedge as a desperately poorly looking stray in real need of TLC and urgent veterinary treatment. Despite the terrible condition he was in, and the suffering he must have been enduring, Pepper was still full of purrs and really keen to climb onto our laps for cuddles and love, which he clearly hadn’t had for a very long time, if ever.
Pepper was so thin and emaciated and he had a dreadful skin infection on his tummy and back legs. It really was touch and go for a while as to whether he would pull through but, as always, we were determined to do everything we could to give this stoic little lad the best possible chance of survival and a happy future to look forward to.
Pepper may have been dangerously frail, but there was obviously no doubt in his mind that he was going to get better and soon showed what a brave little fighter he was. Over time, and with lots of medical attention and love from our dedicated staff and volunteers, Pepper began to show signs of recovery, and gradually these little steps of improvement became more marked. And never once did wearing his buster collar doctor Pepper from wanting strokes and cuddles, and purring extremely loudly through his cleft palette.
Pepper’s fighting spirit and remarkably uncomplaining attitude was testament to his strength of character and there was no better feeling than realising he was finally ‘out of the woods’ and would soon be up for rehoming. Unsurprisingly it didn’t take long for Pepper’s ‘forever family’ to come along and fall in love with him – well who wouldn’t? He was such a handsome boy and charmed everyone with his endearing habit of stretching his paws up for cuddles!
Pepper’s outcome and complete recovery is just one of many examples of Holly Hedge’s dedication to the wellbeing of each and every one of our beloved cats and kittens and we are fully aware that we couldn’t achieve such success without the incredible support of all the kind people who donate to our ever increasing vet bills.