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This Heartwarming Story of an Earless Cat and His Owner Will Melt Your Hearts

They changed each other's lives.
IMAGE Instagram | www.instagram.com/adventuresofotitis ART Clare Magno

Cats are known to be demanding, selfish, moody, bossy, and many other negative traits, but one cat proved everyone (including those hilarious internet cat jokes) otherwise. (via lovemeow.com)

Meet Otitis, a cat who was abandoned by his owners when he needed immediate medical attention. Because they couldn't afford treatment, they left Otitis at a shelter, hoping he'd get the cure he needed there. And he did. Except that he lost both his ears as part of the process (his massive cysts on his ears, also known as otitis media, had to be removed, causing him to be deaf), which left him looking a lot different from the other felines in the shelter. Because of this, no one considered adopting him, until Molly Lichtenwalner found him online.

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Molly is a graduate student who got into a car accident years ago and has been experiencing anxiety attacks since then. Having grown up in a farm, Molly figured that being around animals could help her deal with her bouts of incessant worrying, so she decided to adopt an animal because, "nothing helped me more than snuggling some furry friends," she told Love Meow.

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"I told myself that when I was ready for a cat, I would only adopt an adult cat with special needs (the ones that are so much harder to get adopted)."

When Molly finally saw the earless nine and a half-year-old cat on PetFinder, she was instantly drawn to him, saying, "When Otitis popped up, I knew he was the one." So she immediately got in touch with the rescue home of Otitis and filed an application to adopt him ("I was the first person to ever submit an application for him."). 

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"He is sometimes the only thing that can calm me down at times. He's the best thing I ever did and he definitely rescued me, I didn't rescue him," adds Molly, who got Otitis registered to be her official Emotional Support Animal.

The two are inseparable and living a happy life together, and being an inspiration to the 6,187 (and counting) followers of @adventuresofotitis on Instagram, which Molly maintains.

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