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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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Given 2012-01-05
I'm still beautiful by ~littlerobin87 ( Suggested by ihatewaluigi1 and Featured by trevg )
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Rapid-Star Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  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 16 hours ago
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 23 hours ago  New Deviant 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 2 days ago
POOR LITLE CAT, BUT, HOW DID HE MAKE IT TO CURE HIMSELF OF THE DIABETES?
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littlerobin87 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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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DominicTheRaccoon Featured By Owner 2 days ago
When I saw his eye, I shuddered thinking what he must've gone through. Good for you for taking him in. I hope he lives through the rest of his life happy with you two by his furry side.
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TheInfinityskull Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look at him! All winky-winky!
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he is a beautiful and amazing cat and you are amazing too you saved him!
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
**Giggles!**

The All Father Odin!  :)
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DracaKamala Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Poor kitty. ;( I saw a cat like this one and it was a rescue. I hate that people think its ok to abuse or hurt these gentle creatures. He's a beautiful cat. Best of luck to him throughout his life! <3
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CatDawn Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
we need more people like you,

This is a Truely Heart warming Story, I Hope he's doing fine ♥
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xXDoctorMythXx Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Artist
ah, even though he may have lost something, that doesnt make him less amazing~!
Odin is a very strong cat to have lived through all that, and you are a great owner, no, friend, for believing in him!
your story is amazing, may Odin stay in the family for many more years <3
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Rightfield Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You are gorge!
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PrincessLunaAdorable Featured By Owner Edited 5 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
 :iconlittlerobin87:Floating down the river... confirmed?1?!!!!!?!?!1111
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Livington-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016
People have none remorse to shoot him just for fun. What a very sad story you tell us. Odin is such a beautiful and wonderful cat. It's a good thing he finally have a home and good masters to bring him. :hug: :heart: :heart:
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PartymachineXD Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016
I love because there are so many kittens or puppies that have that type of "errors", because of that many people don't like them Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! I like the deviation and wat is trying to say (If I have some errors, excuse me, I don't now English perfectly :) (Smile) 
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Otohime21 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  New Deviant Professional Artist
I fell in love with your kitty.. By the way, you seem be a very good person, this is great :heart:
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littlerobin87 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! That's very kind of you to say. :heart: 
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Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016
D'awwwww. He is handsome.

Give him a snuggle for me.
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TotallyNotBilly Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Just like the male lilac point Siamese I had rescued. (totallynotbilly.deviantart.com…)

He was used as a dog chew toy, and was severely malnourished, hence why he's so petite to this day.
I honestly am surprised he made it through all the surgery, and also mentally recovered from his torture.
I broke the law to get this cat, but the people who did this to him are behind bars.

To this day, I still have him.
He's grown to be very affectionate, and rather clingy.
He follows me, and my roommate around like a loyal dog.
But most of all, he considers us, and the vet who treated him, as part of his own family.
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littlerobin87 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww! What a beautiful cat!
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cookiedere Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016
So happy he found a good home <3
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demonicpizzas Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Yes you are. :heart: :)
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JordanMcFIghter Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
my cat lost his eye too 
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1127779 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm crying right now from that sad but good story. :*)
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ogreofwart Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  New Deviant
No cat is ugly. He is a very beautiful boy. Give him a hug from me :)
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FieryTalesandMatches Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
This cat makes me want to cry. ;-; I also want to help poor kitties when I get older. I just love cats so much because it's fun raising them. :3 I'm so glad he has found happiness. :3
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Ajolote-de-La-Mancha Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  New Deviant Student Writer
This story is so sad :( But I'm glad he finally found a family that loves and cares for him :) I'm sorry for all the people who think humans are better than animals and that they can do what they want. These people just have no soul. 
Thanks for sharing Odin's story :clap:
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wolfmaster32002 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  New Deviant Student Artist
Wow...his story is so touching....and yet I know so many people who would have just put that cat to sleep...you are truely a great person.
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AnimeBlade142 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This cat's story got me teary eyedTeary eyed , i'm soo happy Odin is now happy and loved.
Odin is a true warrior and will be beautiful no matter what.
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ZoomerLenser Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
What a lucky little cat, well done all of you!
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Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:' (
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Cocotale Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  New Deviant
beautiful cat!!
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Ladydragoncat Featured By Owner Edited Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It takes a mighty warrior to survive the ordeals he went through. And that is exactly what Odin is. May he live a long and happy life. He deserves to.
In fact, I wanna give him a Llama! Llama 
Keep on purring, handsome! 
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maryjuana90 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
He's still beautiful and I hope, you will still have him for a long long time! :aww:
It's great, that you and your hubby gave him such a lovely home! :heart:
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lordofthecrazies Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  New Deviant
Aww poor baby! He/she is still beautiful tho. <3 I hope she's/he's still happy !
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jimmypagegirl Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
he is very beautiful :3
Who you callin Pinhead? by jimmypagegirl   every cat is beautiful in their own way :3
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valgal15 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  New Deviant
DAAAAWWWWWWWWW POOR WITTLE KITTY CAT!!!


He IS still beautiful!


I almost cried when I saw this. I love cats...Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] :sad: :sad: Jake crying plz Pikachu Crying Plz 
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Alisi-Christine Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016
No matter what happened to him, he's still a beautiful cat! :) I'm glad to hear that he gained a good home. :) 
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Meowand4ever Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  New Deviant
Odin is BEAUTIFUL and an ANGEL, but so are YOU and your HUBBY TOO!
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Skitten03 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
iz su cute!
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NaturesChronicler Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, his strength and beauty is immense!
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burningrage8-13 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor thing. :( Waaaah! 
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GodInEverything Featured By Owner Edited Apr 13, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Odin is a beautiful cat. Cats are so amazing. I can't believe people treated him the way they did.
 I have not lost faith in humanity though, because people like you help animals like that. Clap 
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Jaasp Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is why I've lost faith in humanity.
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Undertale-Trashie Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
* I lost my faith when i was flippin SEVEN.

* SEVEN.
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Jaasp Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
.3.
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Xiao-Fury Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a kitty named Blanca who lost her leg to an abscess (and poor vet decisions). She's doing all better now.

xiao-fury.deviantart.com/art/B…

Glad to hear of the kitty.
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