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I'm still beautiful by littlerobin87 I'm still beautiful by littlerobin87
Odin is an amazingly special cat. Named for the one-eyed God, Odin has a journey of a story which I feel compelled to share with those of you who are interested to listen.

Odin had a hard life at the beginning, born to an abusive, neglectful family, he was an outside cat who got more than his share of beatings from both animals and people nearby. Scars are apparent on his ears, and especially his nose, of past battles. However, Odin wasn't brought into the shelter until his eye was shot out with a pellet gun, possibly by his previous owner or a neighborhood kid.

The shelter removed the pellet successfully, but unfortunately his eye was lost. Our shelter tried their very best to fix him up, however, his stitching hadn't healed correctly. Also, they had left in his right tooth, which was fractured from impact, to abscess.

I saw images of Odin (called "Winky" by the shelter) on their website in March of 2008, and something about him pulled me. I begged my husband, who at the time didn't want another cat, to at least let me go and take a look at him. He was about a year old at the time and still had the stitches in his eye when he was brought out to us. The woman handed him to my husband and he laid his head against my husband's chest.

Call it love at first sight, the next day we were taking him home. He was clearly hanging on. A strong cat, he pulled through another surgery to remove the abscessed tooth and we discovered through the vet that his blood work returned with his blood sugar through the roof, meaning that not only was he suffering from his ordeal, he was diabetic.

My husband worried for ages that he wouldn't make it, but I kept hoping, kept praying. I applied medicine to his eye to help it heal and kept a close watch on the spot where his tooth was.

Now nearly a year later, he's gained to a healthy weight, his eye has healed marvelously, and his blood sugar is still maintained through insulin shots. He's well behaved, never once fighting me while giving him shots. He sleeps on my legs at night, and purrs nearly every time I touch him. I believe that love, more than anything, kept us going, and has allowed him to be this part of my life.

Even after everything he's been through, he's still beautiful in my eyes. Some may cringe, but I look at him and see an angel. :heart:


Edit 5.10.2009: Thank you all so very much for all the sweet and heartwarming comments! I can't possibly reply to all of them, but I greatly appreciate everything said, and I have taken time to read every single one. Odin thanks you too, I'm sure. :) :heart: You've all been so sweet and accepting; and I feel I just can not express my gratitude in words!

Edit 11.19.2011 - Good News! After a trip to the vet today to check his glucose, they've told me that they suspect Odin is in remission from his diabetes! All your sweet thoughts and comments have been amazing, and I greatly appreciate everything. :heart: I will update again once they have completed the tests and he is officially deemed in remission!

Edit 1.5.2012 - A Daily Deviation! Oh thank you, thanks to all of you! I'm so surprised! Odin and I appreciate every single comment and favorite (and we read them all). Thank you again, everyone, for sharing his story! :heart: I am so touched by you guys.

Edit 1.24.2012 - No more diabetes, it seems, for Odin!!!! :D We're all certainly thrilled! Also, by request, I have made Odin a facebook fan page. www.facebook.com/pages/Odin/37… Come give him a like and share stories and fanart! Also see new pictures posted here! :)
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I'm still beautiful by ~littlerobin87 ( Suggested by ihatewaluigi1 and Featured by trevg )
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hclausen Featured By Owner 6 days ago
You three are so sweet.  Thank you for the picture of Odin.  My wife,son and me all know about this love at first sight thing.  That is why we have adopted three homeless kitties and two more from families that couldn't keep them.  All are sweet hearts with their own personalities.  Ages range from fifteen to two.  And they all sleep with us!
With the greatest respect,
hclausen
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Crystalstarlove Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
He's absolutely gorgeous!! :heart: he's lucky to have found a wonderful family ^^
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mac2high Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
poor kitty and I agree still pretty.
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AxnAkshan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
He is beautiful! :*
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Velara Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow. Just wow. I´m crying right now, about his story and how you turned it into something wonderful.
Give him a hug from cat lover Velara ;)
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InsanelyCute Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The only thing that makes me cringe about all this is the way this animal has been treated by humans!

HOW can someone POSSIBLY be so cruel to anyone or anything? The more to a helpless, young animal?!

And shoot his eye out?! I would love him even more. BTW: Odin is a great name!

Greetings and keep on going!
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Dawns-Falling Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  New member Student Photographer
very lovely
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WildMysticSong Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This cat, beautiful little Odin, seems to have found a wonderful happy life with you and your husband that he otherwise would not have gotten.  It makes me so happy to see animals who pull through ordeals like this with the help and love a of a loving family.  I hope Odin, your husband, and you all the happiness life can give you. Peace. :D
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Metaz69u Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Godbless!
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DramArte Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
kawai
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