Some of the most heartwarming pet adoptions tend to involve sick, injured, or abandoned animals, so it goes without saying that this story of an earless cat should certainly tug on your heartstrings.
Potato was found living on the streets of China, where he had been sick and abandoned for two years before getting rescued by a local shelter. Unfortunately, when he was finally rescued, Potato was in bad condition and was found to have been suffering from a rare tumor called ceruminous adenoma in his ear canals and flaps. Though veterinarians attempted to remove the adenoma, they soon realized that it would be necessary to remove his canals and flaps to prevent the tumor from coming back.
But on the bright side—that hasn’t stopped Potato, who has since found his furever home where he has been recovering with the help of his new best friend Horlick, a handsome ginger tabby who he met in the shelter.
His new owners have even set up an Instagram account to document the life and times of Potato and Horlick—who boast over 12,000 followers on the platform. And in a happy update, they have revealed that he can even still hear with his ear canals and ear flaps removed!
“Potato was a stray cat, so no one knows when he was born or how old he is,” his owners say, though they estimate Potato to be about six-years-old.
Judging by the photos, it would appear that Potato and Horlick are very much happy in their new home.
And he’s even playful! Potato isn’t going to let being an earless cat get him down.
Congratulations to Potato and Horlick! We wish them a long and happy life, safe and happy in their loving new home.