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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! :)

Edit 4.16.2015 - PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE HERE: www.etsy.com/listing/230194138…
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I'm still beautiful by ~littlerobin87 ( Suggested by ihatewaluigi1 and Featured by trevg )
:iconkirisuchin1498:
kirisuchin1498 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
God bless your family^^..thank you for loving Odin^^
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hawkwing22 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm so happy that Odin found such a wonderful family and a wonderful home. I didn't even know diabetes could go away, that's truly amazing. You are incredible people with an incredible cat :D
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Cat-Loving-Queen Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant
Aw, this kitty's story has touched my heart! I'm glad he's in a nice, loving home now and that he's gotten better! I hope he lives a long and happy life :heart:
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ClockworkEros Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a handsome kitteh; I'm glad he has a loving home!   =^.^=
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poisen2014 Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
what a terrible did what the cat has been done. I do not understand the people who would have .man animals qälen so the same with them do .he has had the luck to meet you and for him it is good now. thank you that you have helped the cat Love 
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thewolfcreek Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It breaks the heart to read his story except for when you take over...you did good...pretty kitty...
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The-crystal-temple Featured By Owner May 16, 2016   Artist
He's cute.
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:iconwinter-alpha-wolf:
Winter-Alpha-Wolf Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a handsome boy, his story has touched my heart, I'm so glade he found his way to you and your family.
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:( Poor Lil guy! Glad he found a happy home!
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cybershmunky Featured By Owner May 15, 2016
:heart:
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KuroStarSunny Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Cutie!! He sounds like a big sweetie. I want to hug him. I'm glad you were able to take him in and give him the help he needed.

One of my cats used to be a stray that hung around our house (he comes inside now that my older cat is gone-had to be put to sleep :( ) and he came up to us one day looking like he was in pain. Turns out someone had shot him in the side and it was pretty bad. My dad was able to give him medication and fix him up and he is 100% healthy today. He sleeps next to me almost every night. :)
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Abbyroseflame24 Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Student General Artist
This is so beautiful I could cry :')
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SpeedpaintMaster2004 Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's a very handsome cat.
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SevenTheKittyCat Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  New Deviant
This is truly a touching story. I have a cat who lost his nose because of a neighbourhood kid firing nerf guns at him.
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JonnySchweer Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
I like both names, Winky is a really nice playful name
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convoy00 Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
what kind of car is he?
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A Lampurrghini :D
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convoy00 Featured By Owner May 16, 2016
ok
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD
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:iconbh-ouji:
BH-Ouji Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
Arg he be a pirate!
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DoremiSanyouluv Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my heart...
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Talon-Spicer Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
yes he is very beautiful!

It is a shame that people can be so cruell :C
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KatelynTheSkyCat Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist
My cat has a dogey ear but i still love her 
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McAfeeKelsey Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  New Deviant Professional General Artist
Odin's the coolest!!!
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FourthTemptation Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His story is so touching :heart:
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lurtz1986 Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
Please give your Beautiful odin a big hug from me :)
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kittybabyshoes400 Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
One eyed willy
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jssabotta Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
Awww. So beautiful. Kitties are our friends, they give so much and ask so little. I'm glad he's found a good home, and love from good people. Adoption from a pet shelter is something I highly recommend, my own kitty Mieka came from a shelter and now runs my life. Which someone needed to...Mieka is very affectionate and very determined, in her soft furry relentless kitty way ("it's 4:30, get up, get up, get me catfood Meow. Meow MEOW") and I love her very much

(I have an opinion about people who deliberately injure and hurt pets, and what should happen to them but I will not share this opinion, as I imagine you would like to keep the comments thread positive and free of...well, my somewhat emphatic views about that.)
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Kisarisary Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a brave cat, and such sweet people you and your husband are! Made me remember one of our kitties years ago that didn't survive a bad wound in the eye (vets are too rare around) :tears:
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EnlivenYourself Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Student General Artist
Such a cool name, great story and wonderful photograph!
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HappyHashbrown Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
oh if I can find the person who shot that gun
*Eye twitches Violently* 
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GhostOfTheEmptyGrave Featured By Owner May 8, 2016
He's still beautiful alright. And an inspiration to us all, I'd say.
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crunchstick Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true! He IS still beautiful on the outside but it's still what's on the inside that counts. As harsh as the circumstances of what happened to him previously, his life found its way to happiness and love. All that matters whether you're a cat or person, is being loved and wanted. Thank you for sharing this beautiful soul as well as your big heart!
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Angel-Peach-Blossom Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
:aww: Thank you for sharing! It really saddens me when I hear how mean some people can be to animals! Yet, Odin certainly does sound like a strong kitty! It doesn't matter that he only has one eye, he is still a cutie to me! And I'm glad he has a loving home!
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ogreofwart Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can we have an update of how Odin is doing. I think we would all love to see him again too :)
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littlerobin87 Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I need to work on getting my camera to working order, but I will certainly try. You can also see recent pictures of him over at his facebook. ^^ www.facebook.com/Odin-37111693… 
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WhompyWhomperson Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a beautiful boy!
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Blaria95 Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
Omg how could his owners and those neighbors be so cruel to him?!  :0  
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Angel-Peach-Blossom Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Sure beats me, I can never understand why people would be like that. But at least he has a loving home now!
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Blaria95 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
At least he does, yes. :)
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katamariluv Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, God bless your hearts for caring for the little dear! You are very sweet. :huggle:
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pizzacatz Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Student Artist
< 3 
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Rapid-Star Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank God that there are people like you in this world! To see beyond the obvious and to open your heart to Odin is wonderful! He is a lovely cat and sounds like a total cuddle buddy!
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DeusB312 Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
makes me sick when animals are treated like that. I think I speak for all of us pet owners when we say people like this need a taste of their own medicine especially the ass hole with the pellet gun.
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PresidentGlitch Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;-; Such a cute cat. Such a sad story. I pray that Odin lives a long and healthy life! And I love the name too
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ROJOyNARANJA Featured By Owner May 3, 2016
POOR LITLE CAT, BUT, HOW DID HE MAKE IT TO CURE HIMSELF OF THE DIABETES?
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littlerobin87 Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
According to our vet, in terms of trauma-induced diabetes, cats can and often do recover from it. 
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Simmeh Featured By Owner May 3, 2016
Wink and Dimples Frollo wink 10 Wink Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Double kawaii wink) V6 It's okay. He's just winking! ;) (Wink) Love Heart bubbles Cat nods SQUEE Markiplier Moment Cats Go MEOW Emoticon 2 
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Simmeh Featured By Owner May 3, 2016
Aww. I just read the description. It made me tear up a little. Pikachu Crying Plz I don't understand people who hurt and kill animals as a sport or just do it for no real reason at all. People who torture animals are disgusting. Melanie Martinez - Icon 
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