Moet was living in a filthy, cramped cage in a pet store in Oman, a small nation neighboring Saudi Arabia. Initially, there were many cats in the cage with her, but one by one they were purchased, leaving Moet alone. Moet grew sick and weak and her eyes crusted over from severe infection and neglect. Assuming she would die, the shopkeepers abandoned her without food, water, or bedding.
Fortunately, a kind-hearted woman discovered Moet before it was too late and rushed her to a veterinary clinic. Moet underwent emergency surgery, but unfortunately lost both eyes.
Around the same time, Emily was looking for a companion for her cat Luna, a rescued three-year-old Maine Coon. When the vet contacted her about Moet, she was initially hesitant and not sure she had the time to take on a cat with special needs. However, once she met Moet, she knew they were a perfect match. "I crouched down next to her and she instantly rolled over for tummy rubs and purred loudly. I was sold," Emily says.
Moet now lives the life of feline luxury with food, love, comfy beds, and custom made cat trees. She loves chasing ping pong balls, playing in card board boxes, and enjoying a nice breeze on her enclosed, kitty safe balcony. Emily hopes Moet's growing social media popularity will help raise awareness and funds for the strays of Oman.
Moet shares her home with Luna, Cosmo, and Lily (pictured above). Lily was rescued from a local market where she was living in a bird cage with no food, slimy water, and wire flooring. Like Moet, Lily adjusted perfectly to life indoors and continues to purr gratefully over her new loving home.
Originally from the UK, Emily has lived in countries and cities around the world, but has fallen in love with Oman. She, along with other Omani Paws volunteers, work tirelessly to change hearts and minds and improve the lives of animals in their country. There are no shelters or legislation protecting animals in Oman and conditions for strays and those in pet shops are often bleak. Omani Paws practices TNR of strays, helps with injured, abused, and abandoned animals as well as providing foster care and adoption services. Dedicated volunteers use their own resources and currently have veterinary bills exceeding $10,000. Emily dreams of some day opening the nation's first animal sanctuary, but for now, she and the other volunteers continue to help as many animals as they can on their own.
The pet blogging community is both generous and inclusive and I hope will join me in embracing Emily and Moet's cause to raise awareness and funds for animals in Oman. All donations will be used to cover veterinary expenses for animals like Moet and Lily. If you aren't in a position to donate, please share Moet's story and like her on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and twitter. Thanks to Emily for sharing Moet's story with me - I will absolutely be following this special kitty's rise to international super stardom!