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When this tabby kitten arrived at the Blue Cross animal shelter in the UK, the poor little girl was terrified and in pain. Her right eye was ruptured and when vets examined her. And it became immediately clear this kitty’s eye would need to be removed, MRCVS reports. Along the way the sweet, but nervous kitty earned the name Candy Cane and she was soon on her way to a brand-new life.

Blue Cross Victoria Animal Hospital noted at the time:

🐱Candy is only a youngster and found herself in need of help as she had a ruptured eye, we aren’t sure how this happened to her.”

🩺Candy underwent surgery to remove the ruptured eye we also neutered and microchipped her at the same time.”

☺️This little lady is very nervous of the world and has gone off to one of our amazing foster carers to recover from her surgery and also to learn that life doesn’t have to be scary.”

Kitten in cone, Candy Cane, Blue Cross Victoria Animal Hospital

Candy Cane’s New Life

But Candy Cane needed time to learn how to trust humans.

“Understandably, Candy Cane was incredibly nervous and distrustful of humans, and so the charity decided to place her in foster care until she had recovered from her operation,” MRCVS notes.

Kitten with one eye

That’s where kind-hearted fosterer Wendy Penfold comes in. She took the poor scared baby in and gave her love and care at all hours, Metro reports. As she recovered from the surgery Wendy helped Candy build up confidence.

“When Candy came to me, she had lost her trust in humans and was very nervous,” Wendy says.

It’s very sad to think what might have happened to this little girl to make her so scared of humans, but her newly-found foster mom patiently worked with her.

“She would run and hide when I’d come into the room but by the end of her time with me, she became more inquisitive to know what I’m doing and staying in the same area as me.

Kitten with stuffed animal puppy in a cat cozy

Image by Blue Cross via Daily Star

She Finds Her Safe Place

As the first week became the second, little Candy began regaining her bravery as she found places where she could feel safe.

“After the first week of hardly moving from her hiding hole, she discovered the benefits of the tall cat climber in her run where she was out of reach and could watch everything going on at a safe distance,” Wendy told Metro.

That climbing tower must have made the adorably striped waif feel more secure and of course, it gave her chances to play and just be a kitten.

Candy Cane kitten

Image by Blue Cross via Metro

Wendy, who lives in Kent, in the UK, regularly fosters pets, and fortunately for little Candy, she was also caring for another kitty named Rita and the two became feline friends, Daily Star reports.

“I think Rita helped lure Candy forward in the pen as I would sit and stroke or play with Rita in the corridor,” Wendy tells the publication. “So Candy could see I was a nice person with to be around cats.”

Kitten with one eye, Blue Cross Victoria

Kitten with one eye with stuffed puppy

Candy Finds Her Furever Family

But now for the best news ever: Candy now has her own family — “A lovely couple in Hampshire adopted her to give her the time to see how far she can settle in a family home,” Wendy says.

“They understand she may never be a lap cat but want to love her and let her know this is a safe place for her,” she explains.

Sarah Miller, who serves as Animal Welfare Assistant at Blue Cross Hertfordshire, adds “Wendy has done an amazing job for Candy Cane.

“We hope that, over time she build up a relationship and trust with her new owners.”

We hope this beautiful kitty, who suffered such a sad beginning blossoms like the little flower that she is.

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