Richie has lived his entire life on his own. Independent and completely feral, he allowed people to feed them, but he had one hard and fast rule, no one and that means no one was allowed to touch him.
Life was about to change for Richie, he started to get thinner and thinner, going from a fluffy healthy cat to a shadow of his former self. People tried to feed him, trap him, and or catch him, but he would have none of it. It was an impossible task.
Then one day he simply disappeared, nowhere to be found? He stopped coming to his food bowls, stopped making his daily rounds, people soon forgot about Richie. Perhaps he had been rescued, or maybe he just moved on to somewhere else?
A local woman knew something was wrong and kept an eye out for him, just in case he showed up. He used to visit her house for food as part of his daily routine. Then one day he just never appeared?
Then out of the blue, she noticed a scrawny, dirty, somewhat unkempt cat waiting outside her window? She rushed outside to check on him, she was in shock when she found out who it was. It was Richie.
You can see what a desperate state he was in also his transformation by clicking play:
What she did next is inspiring:
“He walked up to me, he let me take him in my arms,” stated Richie’s rescuer. She rushed him to the vet. He was completely dehydrated, full of fleas and dirty with oil. His health condition simply wasn’t good, the vet didn’t know if he would make it. He desperately needed fluid therapy and a lot of medicines.
“He had lived a happy life as a feral cat. He was fluffy and so clean. He had a few humans who were feeding him daily.” “He was coming also under my window waiting. I could only talk with him but I never touched him.” Richie’s explained to Land of Cats. Now, look at him.
Richie then spent a few weeks at the vet. With a lot of love and care, he made it, he was over the critical period. Furthermore, Richie has a tumor in his mouth so he simply couldn’t live as a feral cat anymore.
After just a few weeks spent at a vet, Richie found a human who decided to take him home and offer him a loving forever home for the rest of his days. “He needed a few baths to get rid of the oil from his fur. We don’t know how he ended up with so much oil on him.” “He let me wash him, it was like he felt it was good for him.”