Most cat owners will have experienced that dreadful feeling of knowing something is seriously wrong with their pet, but no idea what it is.
One particular cat owner knows this feeling all too well when his 16-year-old feline suddenly went downhill, and he began to worry that he would have to make the difficult decision of having the cat put down.
The man took the cat to the vet where they took an x-ray of the animal, and it was good news. An abscess under a tooth had caused the cat's pain which the vet was able to treat.
Relieved it wasn't anything more serious, the man headed back to the vet to collect his cat. But he had a massive shock in store. His beloved feline friend was almost unrecognisable.
"Toughest cat on the block"
The poor cat had a swollen cheek, one of his eyes was almost closed and he was dribbling, he looked like he'd gone a few rounds in the boxing ring!
The man didn't know whether to laugh or cry at seeing his cat in such a state. After he had got over his shock, he shared a photo of his feline on Reddit with the caption, "My 16-year boy looking like he is the toughest cat on the block after his tooth removal surgery."
The post attracted more than 830 comments, some of which were sympathetic towards the poor cat with Redditors sharing their own abscess experiences. In contrast, others found the cat's new tough-guy appearance amusing, suggesting he looked like Popeye.
Check out this photo of the poor puss:
My 16 year boy looking like he is the toughest cat on the block after his tooth removal surgery 🥰 from r/aww
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