A man picks this cat up off the ground and tries to carry him home. Then something heartbreaking happens…

This abandoned little cat lived it’s life wandering the streets. When people saw him they’d shy away because he looked ugly and sick. His name? Ugly the cat. One man took pity on the poor thing and shared his love with Ugly…

Here their story:

Everyone in the apartment complex where I lived in knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat.

Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and shall we say, love. The combination of these things combined with a life spent outside had their effect on Ugly.

To start with, he had only one eye, and where the other should have been was a gaping hole. He was also missing his ear on the same side, his left foot has appeared to have been badly broken at one time, and had healed at an unnatural angle, making him look like he was always turning the corner. His tail has long since been lost, leaving only the smallest stub, which he would constantly jerk and twitch. Ugly would have been a dark gray tabby striped-type, except for the sores covering his head, neck, even his shoulders with thick, yellowing scabs.

Every time someone saw Ugly there was the same reaction. “That’s one UGLY cat!!”

All the children were warned not to touch him, the adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down, squirted him when he tried to come in their homes or shut his paws in the door when he would not leave.

Ugly always had the same reaction. If you turned the hose on him, he would stand there, getting soaked until you gave up and quit. If you threw things at him, he would curl his lanky body around feet in forgiveness. Whenever he spied children, he would come running meowing frantically and bump his head against their hands, begging for their love. If you ever picked him up he would immediately begin suckling on your shirt, earrings, whatever he could find.

One day Ugly shared his love with the neighbor’s huskies. They did not respond kindly, and Ugly was badly mauled. From my apartment, I could hear his screams, and I tried to rush to his aid. By the time I got to where he was laying, it was apparent Ugly’s sad life was almost at an end.

Ugly lay in a wet circle, his back legs and lower back twisted grossly out of shape, a gaping tear in the white strip of fur that ran down his front. As I picked him up and tried to carry him home I could hear him wheezing and gasping, and could feel him struggling. I must be hurting him terribly I thought.

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Then I felt a familiar tugging, sucking sensation on my ear – Ugly, in so much pain, suffering and obviously dying was trying to suckle my ear. I pulled him closer to me, and he bumped the palm of my hand with his head, then he turned his one golden eye towards me, and I could hear the distinct sound of purring. Even in the greatest pain, that ugly battled-scarred cat was asking only for a little affection, perhaps some compassion.

At that moment I thought Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature I had ever seen. Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, or even try to get away from me, or struggle in any way. Ugly just looked up at me completely trusting in me to relieve his pain.

Ugly died in my arms before I could get inside, but I sat and held him for a long time afterward, thinking about how one scarred, deformed little stray could so alter my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit, to love so totally and truly. Ugly taught me more about giving and compassion than a thousand books, lectures, or talk show specials ever could, and for that, I will always be thankful. He had been scarred on the outside, but I was scarred on the inside, and it was time for me to move on and learn to love truly and deeply. To give my total to those I cared for.

Many people want to be richer, more successful, well liked, beautiful, but for me, I will always try to be Ugly.

I have no word to say… I’m really sorry and really feel bad for not being met with Ugly. I have two little cats, they are my family, and  every day, I try to spend some time with the homeless pets. I’m begging you, please consider leaving food and water for our friends in your street and show them empathy.

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Responses

  1. Vikas Singh

    It may sound strange or awkward to you, but I want to hug you. Really I want it because Ugly is now not there so that I can pick him up but at least I want to hug the one who shared his/her love with Ugly in his last time.
    Yes I am Ugly and I want to be Ugly the rest of my life.

  2. makingsenseofcomplications

    Eleven years ago, I adopted my pal Emma from an animal rescue mission (Snowflake Animal Rescue, Raleigh, NC). She was – and is – the most affectionate cat I’ve ever known in a lifetime of cat-pals. While I was completing paperwork for adoption, the rescue person told me she had been adopted once before but returned because she was “too playful!” Can you imagine?!?! Anyhow, their loss, my enormous gain. The moral of my story? Find your own “Ugly” or “Unloved” in an animal shelter today and your life will never be the same. Kind regards, MSOC

  3. whippetwisdom

    Poor little beautiful Ugly, may his soul rest in peace. So glad he experienced kindness before crossing the rainbow bridge. Thank you for sharing this story 🐾🐾

  4. Liz

    Awww. Poor ugly, but as sad as this ending was for the poor cat, y being there meant he was not alone. Thank you for loving him.

    One of the traits you have described ugly do, the headbutt in the palm of your hand, that is what my girl (cat) does too. She is also a rescue, who prior to me having her, did not receive love or play, but has lots of love to give. She is never far from me.

  5. kimberlybuck

    I seriously can’t stop crying right now. God that poor cat. Horrid excuses for people throwing rocks and closing the doors on his paws. But the cat was so beautiful. They were so blind to not see that. Thank you for giving him what he needed in his last moments. All he needed was medical care and a home. I would have given both in a heartbeat and I bet you would have too if you found him sooner. I came across a dying cat by the road once. He couldn’t be saved. I just stood there and cried, feeling helpless. The other cat I saw hit and he died too. Those moments I felt useless but you gave him love and held him and that’s what he needed. I’m a big animal lover so I’m probably going to cry for a half hour after reading this. But thank you for what you did. You are as beautiful as Ugly was.

  6. Kwame

    You’re awesome! Thanks for showing him compassion when no one else would. There is a stray in my complex I feed every time I see her. No matter what I’m doing I stop to pet her, cuddle with her and feed her. I love my cats with all heart, I could never image ignoring any animal I see on the street. Everyone deserves love and food when their hungry. It costs us nothing to show animals compassion. Keep being your amazing self. Your story has brought tears of joy to my eyes; thank you for that.

  7. liliswordyplanet

    Why did you make me cry!!!!!!!!!…Seriously, this is one heartbreaking but also heartwarming story..Thank you for sharing..Oh my God…Can I reblog this? Please? And tweet?

  8. Patty young

    Very sad but good story! It’s good to know there are kind people out there who would still give love to an ‘ugly’ creature, tho I feel the ones who hurt that kitty are very ugly!

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