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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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ExionianArtist Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Awww, he looks like my cat, Shevat
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ProjectAnimation Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is the most beautiful cat I've ever seen. The broken things are always what are most precious, because they find their way to the people who will fix and love them. God bless you and your husband for taking in Odin. I'm so glad you are a family now. :heart: 
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melveran Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Odin is so lucky to have you! I can't believe people can be so mean....
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Gil-59-sixfifty Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Yes He is  !! and i'm sure very cuddly !!!

I have two one eyed cats, Réglisse and Filou . :) (Smile) 
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sweeetfeet Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
yes, you are!
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ButterflyKittyOwl Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist
I had a one eyed cat to, he lost his left eye to cancer.
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serena1422 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Very beautiful kitty. 
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CloeyRockStar1948 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww!!!!!!!!
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I-AM-CH33TAHZ Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Artist
Aww he's so adorable!!! :love:
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Christstarrgirl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The poor little kitty! I know this kitty is still beautiful. :heart:
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hclausen Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
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  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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phunkprincesxxx Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He is beautiful <3
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xxnillyxx Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i cried
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Nemesisprime91 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Writer
Truly, there are miracles that happen in our lives. We just need to take the time to see them.
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kermazinch Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a very beautiful story
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Dealey Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh he's so precious and so is his story. :O You and your husband are incredible wonderful people, bless you! :hug:
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lucytherescuedcat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You deserve a standing applause for your determination to save Odin! What a wonderful story! Now he is happy and healthy!  I learned on you on shadowness. Lucy our cat is a story of success from a life of abuse. Wonderful story about a special cat and her special owners!
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littlerobin87 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your heart for animals! They bring us so much joy! :heart: 
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marygriffith1743 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Artist
oh course that cat is still beautiful. just missing an eye and a nose doesn't make you ugly. im with you kitty, your still beautiful
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DriPoint Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014   Digital Artist
Heartwarming story and a truly great cat, he's completely beautiful.
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WushuKhanKu96 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is so truly touching, and I'm very happy to hear he's been recovering so well. I'm attached to this cat now, so I hope you don't mind if I use this photo of him as a reference for a drawing? :iconawwwplz: 
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littlerobin87 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Go right ahead! Share it with me when you're done! :D
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WushuKhanKu96 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh thanks soo very much :heart: :hug:
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W444GH Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*teardrops* :iconhappytearplz:
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HectorDefendi-Light Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
(HUGS) The kitty
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devoncat1 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Odin is a really inspirational cat. I know what it's like. My cat Devon was part of a rescue case. He was in terrible condition when the RSPCA rescued him. He was living with about 7 other cats in horrible conditions. He now suffers from an extremity sensitive tummy and can only have one type of food and no treats whatsoever. I would assume that this is due to the bad conditions that he was living in. He is also not allowed outside so we have to go out with him when me wants to explore. Like Odin, he is extremely affectionate and always looking for cuddles! At first I found this a bit strange because I thought that his trust would be effected by his past but not at all. Odin is such a beautiful cat and he is lucky to have loving owners like you 
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Brasier76 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
yes you are
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TatianaMariePhoto Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
What a cutie!
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pink-zinnia Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
You are still beautiful, Odin! 
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Princesa-de-la-Rosa Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How can there be people who do such evil things to defenseless animals? I'm so glad Odin was able to find such a loving family as you are. I wish every animal finds people like you. Even without his eye, Odin is so beautiful.
I remember when mom and I rescued a puppy who suffered abuse from a neighbor, we take care of him until we find a home for him, now that Zeus is the name of that dog lives happy in a farm.
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donskoy99 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Heart 
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What a beautiful and sweet cat!
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Chirodae Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
What a gorgeous, beautiful picture to go alongside such a hopeful story. Thank for you sharing this, it brought a tear to my eye.
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Lipizzaner-Kgirl Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Why are some people so horrible to animals? It's one thing to humanely kill an animal in order to eat it or use its body for something important, but needlessly causing pain to any pain-capable creature is sick.
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erinedwards Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Photographer
SO cute! Great name too
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sexxyemo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
wow that is amazing. Odin's story has touched me deeply. Best wishes
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Sakura-Yotobari Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're a savior & Odin is as beautiful on the outside as the inside because there's nothing more beautiful than someone who doesn't give up! :love:
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ArcaneJazz Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This made me cry a little. What a beautiful kittie. I have a cat nicknamed Stumpy because he has no tail whatsoever. I would absolutely love to have a baby like Odin around.
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YourJustAsSaneAsIAm Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
So cute. My jack russel lost an eye so I can still find the beauty in animals which aren't 'perfect'. Lovely! Cool name too!
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Sophibelle Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014   Photographer
VERY beautiful kitty!! :heart:
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Fluffylinn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
He's really beautiful.
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