“Ear infection” is a pretty weird name for an animal, but that’s the name of a cat whose unusual appearance has been gaining him fans around the world.
His name is actually Otitis, which is the medical term for “ear infection.” The moniker was inspired by the senior cat’s own experiences — which he’ll never have again because these days, Otitis is an earless cat.
He didn’t start out life that way. When he was younger, he had the triangle ears that make a cat’s silhouette so recognizable. He was an ordinary house cat, but then severe and painful cysts developed in his ears. The pain was so excruciating that the cat could barely move and never played.
His human family loved him, but sadly, they couldn’t afford the operation that would make him better again. With heavy hearts, they relinquished him to the Feline Rescue Association of Baltimore. It was a painful decision to make, but one they knew would save their kitty’s life.
When the vets finally saw Otitis, they realized he was in very bad shape. Ultimately, they had to completely remove his ears.
Otitis has lost his triangle-eared silhouette and now boasts a very round head. What he’s lost in the ear department, he’s more than made up for in comfort and happiness. It’s amazing just how resilient cats can be. It must be where the “nine lives” idea comes from!
He’s deaf now, but he seems just fine with that, and with life with his new human, Molly Lichtenwalner, who loves caring for pets with special needs.
“When I came across Otitis, I knew he was the perfect cat for me,” Molly said. “He was an older, special-needs cat that I knew needed the home and love that I absolutely knew I could give him. I found out later that many people asked about him, but no one ever put in an application for him — I was the first.”
Check out how Otitis is doing today, and see that he’s adorable even without ears!