Lovebug, whose name matches her personality, was not always able to be herself. In her previous home, she was owned by a woman who was plagued with mental illness, and, as a result, Lovebug was locked in a dog crate for most of her life.
Thankfully, Lovebug was lucky enough to get a second chance. She was finally able to let her affectionate, cuddly personality out of the cage— quite literally!
Unlike dogs, cats get extremely stressed when confined in a cage. Cats are not meant to be confined, as it interferes with many of their natural behaviors, such as hiding when feeling vulnerable or threatened. The lack of attention and being unable to satisfy natural urges is quite tough on a cat and can negatively affect them in a serious way.
Researchers Judith L. Stella and Candace C. Croney confirm, that cats confined in cages can experience symptoms, such as decreased appetite, withdrawal from social groupings, increases in urinary cortisol, decreases in grooming, and increases in the frequency and intensity of attempts to hide.”
Lovebug was saved from her caged life by Furry Nation Salvation and placed with a foster parent named Patty. Due to her rough and unfair upbringing, Lovebug had a terrible skin infection with patches of missing fur. Thankfully, she has healed since being liberated from her confines, and fur has grown over her old wounds.
In a YouTube Video, the rescue explains, “Before her rescue, [Lovebug] was owned by a mentally ill woman who kept her confined to a dog crate for most, if not all of her life. Now in foster care with Patty, [Lovebug] is safe.”
Lovebug is a special kitty though, she defied all odds and never held a grudge against humans for her previous confined life. Instead, she embraced her newfound freedom with a payment of cuddles and kisses. She was assumed to be between 3 and 5 years old, so it’s tough to say just how long she suffered without the love and affection she clearly craved.
Upon her rescue, Lovebug can’t seem to leave her foster-mom alone, constantly going in for nuzzling and kisses! Lovebug us so thankful to be saved, she smothers Patty in motor purrs and kitty cuddles!
Although Lovebug loves her human, she still snuggles up to a dog at bedtime. This kitty truly has no bounds for love! A part of her precious life may have been wasted locked up in a cage, but she is compensating for all the lost snuggles now!
If you met Lovebug after her rescue, you’d never guess she once lived a horrid life. Cats are wonderful, forgiving animals, constantly surprising us with their ability to move on from less than ideal situations. They somehow manage to miraculously transform into the perfect, loving kitties they were always meant to be.
Let Lovebug be your inspiration to never judge a cat by its past, and instead embrace their future. You never know the amazing pet a previously-abused animal may be. Next time you’re looking for a kitty, opt for a shelter cat like Lovebug. Judging by this picture, you’ll never be lacking in cuddles and care!
Furry Nation Salvation uploaded an amazing video of Patty and Lovebug which has been viewed over 175,000 times.
Watch the heartwarming video below!
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