Cat with a “tough guy look” turns out to be the cutest teddy bear

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One cat came to the rescue with a scratchy, hard look, but turned out to be the cutest teddy bear.

Jen @pokeypotpie

Mason the cat was brought to the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (in Virginia) from a rural North Carolina animal shelter. He was full of battle scars, a withered ear, and a variety of health problems.

Jen, a volunteer caregiver for the rescue, was told that Mason was “rough on the outside”. When she visited, she was shocked by his condition.

“Both ears are deformed and torn. He has massive scars on either side of his face, angry upper respiratory tract infection, and broken and rotting teeth. His fur is falling out in lumps and he has a swelling in one of his legs.” Jen shared with Love Meow.

Jen @pokeypotpie

Despite everything, Mason leaned over to Jen’s hand as she stroked him. It was clear from the start that he wanted to live and that he wanted to love someone.

Jen took him home to care for him so that he could begin his healing process in a comfortable place. “When he arrived he was greasy, constipated, underweight and shy. He would hide if he heard us coming and just look out until he found you were safe. Once he made that decision, he’s static for you.”

Jen @pokeypotpie

While Mason was still recovering, he was an exceptionally cute cat and just wanted to be amazed. He longed to be petted, brushed, and spoken to all the time.

Once Jen was on the couch, he came running to cuddle and even had many meaningful conversations.

Bricklayer, cat, cute

Jen @pokeypotpie

“Mason figured out that pets are pretty much the best ever, and he’ll suck up any cuddles (including abdominal massages) while you’re ready to give them off,” Jen said.

“He may look like a shabby tough guy, but he really is a cute, gentle, little old teddy bear who wants nothing more than to be loved and petted.”

Jen @pokeypotpie

With proper care, good food, and lots of love, Mason has made great strides in his health. His appetite has increased. He feels more secure and comfortable and even starts to play.

Check out Mason in this cute video:

Mason the cat

After a subsequent visit to the vet, they discovered that the lump on his leg was an old “bruise” injury that was not healing well.

“The vets suspected poor Mr. Mason had his legs trapped in something, but managed to break free and heal.”

Mason, one-eyed cat, cute

Jen @pokeypotpie

Mason had a hard life before he was saved, but the path before him will be full of love and comfort. “He looks very tough, but he’s rightly one of the cutest cats I’ve ever met,” Jen told Love Meow.

“There’s no mean bone in his body. He’s just a boy who had to put up a tough front to survive in a tough world.”

Jen @pokeypotpie

In the past few weeks, Mason’s coat has become softer and shinier. He has put on weight and gained a lot of energy. “Now he’s waiting at the door for us to come in. He’s a totally changed boy.”

Mason finds so much joy hanging out with his people. He’ll snuggle up to her, immerse himself in all the pets and abdominal massages, and purr himself to sleep.

Jen @pokeypotpie

“We’re glad he’s with us. We know we can get him in tip-top shape so that he can find a real and true home forever.”

Bricklayer, cat, teddy bear

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