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Rescued stray has only hours to live; what ensues brings his carers to tears

black and white moggy wearing a red sweater cat-happy
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When the Stray Cat Rescue Team volunteers picked up this old street moggy, they knew he didn't have much time left. But what happened next had everyone in disbelief.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 27/12/2019, 20:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:34

When they first took Maximus into their care in late November, volunteers of the Stray Cat Rescue Team were extremely sad. They knew they wouldn’t be able to help the 12-year-old pull through.


Max is feeling rubbish this morning. We are going from a total high to a total low. Max you are such a roller coaster. Positive thoughts only please, taking him in to his favourite vet, Amy now. Xxx

Posted by Stray Cat Rescue Team West Midlands. on Thursday, December 12, 2019

A beautiful life coming to an end

Not only was he emaciated and his coat completely matted, but he was also diagnosed with FIV (cat aids), and was therefore very weak. His rescuers were sure he had only a few hours left to live.

But against all odds, Maximus refuses to admit defeat. He is fighting every day to survive: taking his medication, lapping up all the rest and warmth his foster home provides him with, and is eating with an increasingly large appetite.


Video to follow... Miracles do happen!!!! He's UP and he is eating ?❤️ And he came STRAIGHT to me for a fuss!!!!

Posted by Stray Cat Rescue Team West Midlands. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

An amazing turn of events

As a feral cat, he was at first very wary of people, and could even be aggressive with them when he felt threatened. But now he has understood that the people around him are only here to help. He starts purring when someone comes near him to give him fuss – something that would've never happened just a few weeks ago!

"He was so poorly and he's always been very grateful. He now looks for humans, looks for interaction with them. It's amazing to see how his trust changed," says Founder of SCRT, Lucy Strickland.

That's not all though: because the cost of Maximus’ treatment was so high, the volunteer group asked for donations through their Facebook account. The post instantly went viral, and now, over £10,000 have been raised.


Comfy Maximus ❤️ You are emotionally, mentally and physically knackering, but I bloody adore you. Every inch of you. ❤️

Posted by Stray Cat Rescue Team West Midlands. on Tuesday, December 24, 2019

We think Maximus could not be in better hands, and have a feeling 2020 will be a good year for him! Stay strong Maximus!