What’s in a name? For Diesel, a lot.
It’s what he got into in his old home’s garage, and it’s what led him to the Connecticut Humane Society where he found a whole new life.
The 9-year-old orange tabby had gotten into a container of diesel fuel when his family wasn’t home. And he was soaked. A bath removed some of it, but he still shook his paws like they felt wet, one of his eyes would no longer open, and part of his nose stayed black. He was losing weight and had chemical burns.
His family thought he might be too far gone, and couldn’t provide the care if there was a way to save him. But CHS had hope for the kitty, as well as the medical expertise he would need to heal. And so he earned the name Diesel and headed right into the veterinary team’s arms.
Everyone was trying to make him feel better, but Diesel just felt discouraged. His skin was uncomfortable and his eye hurt, and his world had turned upside down in a matter of a few days.
No wonder he didn’t want to eat right away. Luckily, his appetite soon returned and his eye no longer burned…but then his fur started falling out in patches, and he had an upset stomach. It was one step forward, two steps backward for this boy.
That trend continued. Over the next month, he got his old ginger hairdo back, but he suddenly started tilting his head and stumbling, which meant a trip to the x-ray room and a lot more monitoring by CHS veterinarians. It wasn’t causing him pain, and slowly, it started to improve. He’d trot to the door anytime someone visited the CHS office he was temporarily calling home and could jump onto chairs for a snooze.
The head tilt might never disappear, but that was ok—it just made him look deep in thought at all times (as if he wasn’t cute enough already).
After three months of care at CHS and in a foster home, Diesel’s chart turned from “awaiting medical check” to “available for adoption.” He was finally up for the next leg of his journey.
Diesel found his new home the next day. And now, the only things he’ll be “getting into” at home are treat pouches, a toy box and cozy blankets.