A street cat turned into a global feline celebrity who has received “hundreds of offers” of new forever homes.
Critically ill Maximus made headlines all over the world after he was picked up by the Stray Cat Rescue Team West Midlands (SCRT) in Great Barr, Sandwell.
The voluntary group has now £10,000 donated for his care and over thousands of gifts of toys and treats.
Maximus is “like a completely different cat,” said SCRT founder Lucy Strickland, who has been taking care of him.
She said Maximus, who was taken in by SCRT on 28 November 2019, was incredible and has nicknamed him Mr. Nosey, because of his curious nature.
Maximus was rushed to a specialist in a small animal hospital, Langford Vets in Bristol, last week, with carers fearing for the worst.
“I was in tears, the vet was in tears. We thought that it was his last day with us,” said Ms. Strickland, from Wolverhampton, who founded SCRT earlier this year.
But Mr. Nosey defied expectations, with scans picking up nothing more serious than a treatable low-grade lymphoma or IBS.
But with a cocktail of antibiotics and steroids and spending his days at the White Cross vets in Wolverhampton, Maximus is responding amazingly to treatment.
“As a rescue, we’re so happy by how he’s turned around,” said Ms. Strickland.
“He was so sick but he’s always been very grateful. He now looks for humans, looking for interaction with them. It’s amazing to see how his trust has changed.”
“Thousands of dollars” has been spent on the moggy’s care but any remaining donations will be spent for the care for other animals SCRT is fostering, says its founder.
And although Maximus will not be stable enough to be moved for another “month or two”, a permanent home may have been identified for him with a previous adopter.
Ms. Strickland admits the worldwide attention has been “incredible.”
“If it’s done anything it’s raised awareness for other strays,” she said.