Disabilities can make some people feel uncomfortable. A person may not know what to say or how to act towards a person that appears different than them. The same can go for when people encounter an animal with a disability. This was the case for a cat with one eye. But when a boy came and befriended the cat, it was a beautiful site and welcome visitor for the cat.
Ace is just like any other cat, except that he has just one eye. He lost his other eye due to an infection. Because he looks a little different than other cats, he is often misunderstood. When people see his missing eye, people don’t want to pet or play with him. Some children even find him quite scary.
“He can sometimes seem scary, especially to children,” explained Norma Maikovich, Ace’s owner. “People are often hesitant to greet him.”
Ace enjoys the safety of his front porch. “He never strays further than that, and he’s happy and content with this,” Maikovich explained.
Maikovich wanted to keep watch over her cat when she wasn’t watching. So she set up a home security camera. What she found one day on the footage, warmed her heart. “When looking at the footage, we noticed one particular boy tends to visit almost every single day,” Maikovich said.
“It melted our hearts, not just seeing how much Ace loves this boy, but how familiar they were to each other!” Maikovich said. “Sitting by the front door, as soon as Ace sees his friend, he rushes out to greet him. It’s awesome, this bond they share.”
The Neighbor Boy Thought He Would Get In Trouble Playing With Ace
At first, the neighbor boy felt that he had to be sneaky about visiting his feline friend. But then Maikovich told him that he is welcome to visit and play with Ace any time that he wishes.
Now it is a win-win situation for all involved. Maikovich likes that Ace has a friend to play with. And the boy has a cat buddy. But most of all, Ace has a friend that doesn’t run away from him because of his disability.