Tux the cat was in the right place at just the right time for one of the Fayette Humane Society’s volunteers to discover this poor, starving creature. The volunteer came across the abandoned young cat hanging around her apartment complex. Tux was frail, weighing in at about 6 pounds and despite appearing hungry, had difficulty eating hard food. Tux appeared to crave attention and ate voraciously when presented with some soft, canned food.

The volunteer brought Tux to the vet to be neutered and vaccinated and upon examination, found a bigger problem in his mouth. His breath was foul smelling because his teeth were decaying from severe stomatitis, an inflammation of the gums and mouth. Not only was Tux suffering from tooth decay, further infection from the stomatitis was interfering with his ability to eat normally.

The vet recommended surgery under anesthesia to remove four teeth and then administer antibiotics to get rid of the infection. Despite starving and being in pain, Tux displayed love and affection toward both humans and the other cats in his foster home. He was too young and sweet not to get a chance at a full life and adoption into a loving forever home. A decision was made to fight for Tux and the Fayette Humane Society reached out to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation for some financial assistance with the surgery.

It wasn’t long before Tux underwent his surgery to have four molars surgically extracted. His recovery went well and he soon began enjoying both soft canned food and dry food despite only having his canine teeth.

Before the surgery, Tux was quiet, clingy, and needy so the volunteers were seeking a quiet home with an elderly person. After the surgery, his personality changed. His energy level increased and he became more independent and playful. It was then decided it would be best if he was placed with a more active family. In the meantime, Tux was spending time in his second foster home with a foster mom, Ms. Cook, who was quickly falling in love with him.

Ms. Cook took good care of Tux while he recuperated from his surgery. She became too attached and decided to formally make him an addition to her family. Now Tux has become a very loving pet who likes to cuddle and sleep with his new owner and family. He gets along well with the other household cats and has put on some weight since his surgery. Tux wasn’t going to have to adjust to another family ever again.

When asked what was gained from the experience of rescuing Tux, a contact from the Fayette Humane Society commented, “It is very rewarding when an animal can be rehabilitated. So many are put down because their owners or rescue groups cannot afford the medical treatments that could save them.”


written by Whitney Norton