A rescue cat was captured on video enjoying a warm hug with his new human companion in a clip that perfectly sums up the power and importance of giving such pets a second chance at life.
The heartwarming images were posted on TikTok under the alberts_tail handle, with animal lovers getting a glimpse of what is, according to the video, Albert the cat enjoying his first hug with his new owner.
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An on-screen caption describes the scene as “the moment your rescued cat realized he had found his home forever.”
In the video, Albert can be seen snuggling up to a woman, blissfully satisfied with his new surroundings.
“You will never forget your first day together,” reads the text accompanying the video. With a visibly damaged ear and a few other marks in his fur, it is clear from the clip that Albert had struggled in his life.
Perhaps that’s why this has proven to be such an emotional and popular watch for so many people on TikTok, with the clip racking up over 4.8 million views in just a few days.
While the power of Albert’s warm embrace captivated cat lovers, many were still eager to learn more about his story.
His new owner decided to share more about how Albert came to be in his life in a follow-up video.
According to the clip, for two years, Albert hid from humans, wary of any contact.
The video, which can be viewed here, shows a photo of Albert from those early days when his fur was patchy, his skin was raw and he could barely open his eyes.
His life changed for the better when he met his current human owner on March 3, 2021. In the video, she said that Albert was in a bad state when she met him, riddled with cuts and open wounds and infested with fleas.
His skull was severely swollen and, even more alarmingly, he was severely dehydrated and had difficulty breathing.
When she took Albert to a vet, they discovered he didn’t have a microchip and was therefore technically a stray. She was told that as a result, she would have to deliver him.
A week passed before she was contacted by the vet again, and that wasn’t good news. They were told that there was a good chance that Albert would die because of his condition.
The veterinary clinic continued to provide him with the best possible care, and after a few days he miraculously began to show signs of improvement.
It was still a long road to recovery. Albert underwent three months of treatment for his various ailments. Finally, on May 20, he was allowed to return to the woman who had taken him in for the first time, all those months ago, as a stray.
Albert was no longer a wanderer, however. Now he had a home and a place to pursue his recovery in peace and warmth, with a loving family by his side.
As the video explains, when Albert was first found he was “a week away from death”, but now “he is prospering” and “living the best life in his house forever.”
News week contacted the person behind the alberts_tail account for comment.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 3.2 million cats enter animal shelters in the United States each year. However, only 2.1 million end up being adopted from there.
Unfortunately, not all cats have Albert’s luck.
Some animals are, however. Like Trudie, a cat who only has one eye after being hit by a bus. After almost a year of recovery, she is now enjoying life in a new home forever.
It’s a similar story for Ann, a one-eyed bitch who went viral after an animal shelter worker captured her cute reaction upon learning that she had been adopted.