Things weren’t looking good for Snowy when he came to the attention of CPW. The gentle 10 year old has had an awful lot of trauma in the last year.
Snowy was once the beloved companion of an elderly lady in the Waikato who sadly passed away. Her son then left him behind in the house.
A kind neighbour cared for him for a while, but she couldn’t keep him because of her other pets.
Snowy was initially diagnosed as having FIV, an infectious immune deficiency condition. When his fosterer tried to find a shelter to take him, none of the ones she approached in the region could take him.
He had sore skin from dermatitis, needed dental treatment, and even had ingrown eyelashes, which had inflamed both his eyes.
With the help of our friends at HUHA, Snowy was brought all the way south to CPW for specialist treatment from our amazing vets at Central Vet Hospital, and the chance of a good home of his own.
Even though he must have been miserable from his health woes, and had just had a long journey, he would still summon a hearty purr if he got the slightest bit of attention.
CPW provided eye surgery for Snowy to correct his eyelashes, and when he could finally open them properly, everyone was amazed to see his eyes were heterochromial.
Most surprised were Zamm and Andy, a wonderful couple who visited Snowy soon after reading his story, and immediately wanted to foster him.
They had fostered little tabby Jazz for several years until she sadly passed away late last year, and felt they were ready to share their home with another cat in need.
But they knew it had to be his choice as well as theirs.
“If the pusses aren’t feeling it for you, you just have to respect that,” Andy says.
But Snowy did respond to them, and they were approved as fosterers. However, with his multiple health issues, Zamm and Andy had to wait weeks for his condition to improve.
So they visited every weekend (sometimes both days) for over a month until he finally got the vet’s all-clear.
They also got the good news that he wasn’t FIV+ after all, and the original diagnosis was probably a false positive from a vaccination.
His digestive system is still fragile, but he’s on a vet-prescribed diet and is now eating well. His dermatitis is also nearly cleared up with the help of ongoing meds, which are covered under the Care for Life foster programme.
Snowy now loves sleeping in bed all through the night, and you can follow his other adventures on his Instagram page: @snowybabyluvluv.
Above: Snowy couldn't open his eyes properly when he first came to CPW, but he still purred up a storm. Below: After surgery, his beautiful peepers turned out to be different colours!