What a transformation ✨
Mouth of Despair Sam was living in Tucson, Arizona, when Kate Perillo discovered her images online. The Siamese cat had larger-than-average lips and crossed eyes, giving her a distinct appearance. Perillo couldn’t get Sam’s face out of her thoughts, so she took a gamble and inquired about the cat, forever altering both of their lives.
“I’m not a superstitious person, but I always thought it had to feel right to get a pet,” Perillo told The Dodo. “And I felt that emotion when I saw Sam’s image!”
Sam, a wild cat colony member with Poet Square Cats, developed eosinophilic granuloma complex, an allergy provoked by food or environment. In Sam’s instance, it resulted in an inflamed mouth.
“Her mouth recovered in a few of months with a steroid shot, an antibiotic, and the move indoors,” Perillo added. “She’s missing three of her tiny front teeth, but it doesn’t bother her.”
Perillo and her mother had grown up with Siamese cats, so when the last of them died in 2015, followed by her mother’s death in 2017, Perillo decided it was time to adopt. She saw Sam’s photos and flew from Massachusetts to see her right away.
“It took a few years for me to feel ready to start a new chapter with a new fur friend,” Perillo explained. “Seeing Sam’s silly little face [in the photos] helped me understand it was time.” “I’m in love with her.”
Now that Sam is feeling better, she is displaying more of her cheerful nature. She enjoys soaking up the rays of sunlight via Perillo’s enclosed balcony and observing birds through her favorite window. But she enjoys playing as well.
“She’s very smart and talkative,” Perillo added, “ready to hold back-and-forth dialogues with people and explain what she wants.” “If she wants you to wave the feather wand, she’ll meow, lead you to the wand, and then grip and lift it by the handle with both paws, demonstrating exactly what she wants you to do.”
Sam is finally living the life she deserves after all she’s been through. And, according to Perillo, Sam’s presence has a deeper significance than mere camaraderie.
“They believe pets are excellent for you, especially your mental health, and I can personally attest to that,” Perillo added. “Having Sam feels like a small way of keeping my mother alive after her passing.”