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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 10:10 AM

Boy Caught Paying The Sweetest Visit To Neighbor's 'Misunderstood' Cat

"It melted our hearts."

BY STEPHEN MESSENGER

This is Ace — an incredibly sweet cat who's special both inside and out.



Shortly after being rescued as a stray kitten, Ace lost one of his eyes due to an infection. Though that fact has never slowed him down or diminished his zest for life, Ace's outward appearance has made him misunderstood by some new folks he meets.

“He can sometimes seem scary, especially to children,” Norma Maikovich, Ace’s owner, told The Dodo. “People are often hesitant to greet him.”

But as Maikovich soon learned, that's clearly not true of everyone.



Ace frequently chooses to spend his days lounging on the porch out front, so as a precaution, Maikovich set up a home security camera to keep tabs on him. Little could she have guessed at the beautiful friendship the camera would catch blossoming.

"When looking at the footage, we noticed one particular boy tends to visit almost every single day," Maikovich said.

Turns out, a young neighbor has made a routine of stopping by to spend time with the "scary" cat — and Ace clearly adores him for it. Here's video of one such visit:



Maikovich and her family were touched to know that Ace had made a friend who sees him for who he truly is.

"It melted our hearts, not just seeing how much Ace loves this boy, but how familiar they were to each other!" she said. "Sitting by the front door, as soon as Ace sees his friend, he rushes out to greet him. It's awesome, this bond they share."



Just in case the boy felt he had to be sneaky in his visits, Maikovich has since informed him that he is welcome any time.

"A friend of Ace's is a friend of ours," she said. "Once we realized that they were fast friends, it made us really happy."

Ace, certainly, is happy, too.



Though, sadly, some people may continue to shy away from Ace simply because he's different, they're the ones who will be missing out. For it's those who look a little deeper, like this kind neighbor boy, who get to bask in the beauty of his spirit.

And that's true of all pets who find themselves a bit unlike the rest.

"Ace isn't a scary guy, and it just goes to show that appearances aren't everything," Maikovich said. "Seeing the footage of Ace and his buddy really proves that when given the chance of life and love and a family, animals with special needs and handicaps are worth it too."

https://www.thedodo.com/close-to-home/boy-caught-visiting-neighbors-cat

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 10:34 AM

1. Love how Ace comes out, tail up, stop, drop, roll... that's true love!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 10:36 AM

2. Ace's buddy has a beautiful heart and soul.

Hope it is contagious.! Love Ace!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 11:20 AM

3. Heartwarming video.

Ace is special, but so is the young boy. He obviously is an animal lover. Thanks for posting.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 11:28 AM

4. Ok, lets be a bit honest here

This young male is loving on the cat no doubt, and has obviously done this before...but let's also admit he is paying a bit of attention to the girl in the red shorts in the driveway across the street. He glances in that direction a lot. This is a charming video for multiple reasons to be sure.

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Response to trc (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 11:35 AM

5. Add multi-tasking to his charms!

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Response to trc (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 10:02 PM

14. And it's working because the girl in the red shorts is paying attention

I love it when a plan comes together

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 11:36 AM

6. Sweet kid raised right

Is that YOUR white belly? A question that is frequently asked around here, followed by scritchies.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 12:07 PM

8. I couldn't agree more. Raised right, congratulations to the adults in his life.

Thank you!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 12:02 PM

7. Wonderful video. We, the folks in the world who have compassion and feelings for other living things

..... are lucky to see youngsters who are also compassionate and caring.

It gives me hope to see this when all around us we see signs of hate, greed, and indifference to the lesser amoung us.

Hopefully, this youngster will not be tainted by the evils in this world and continue to grow-up as a compassionate adult.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 12:17 PM

9. I like how the cat keeps making the boy get up and move toward him

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Response to Beringia (Reply #9)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 12:15 AM

15. I noticed that, too.

LOL! Cats sure do know how to make their humans "heel".

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 02:23 PM

10. WHAT A SWEET STORY !!!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 02:29 PM

11. Ace clearly thinks the boy is part kitteh... "C'mon, ROLL! Like this... I'll show you!!" n/t

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 05:04 PM

12. Familiar relationship

I think her name was Shana, but my son called her Midnight, a white cat with a yellow and a grey eye, missing an ear from an altercation early in her life, usually hung close to her home. Her owners loved her and let her out at night and she'd sit on the lawn seldom straying further than the front sidewalk.

When we moved in, my son suffered chronic pain and, when he couldn't sleep, would sit on our own front porch, smoking. One evening, about midnight, the reticent one-eared white cat with the mismatching eyes dared a walk across the cul-de-sac and sat at the edge of our front lawn. In subsequent nights, when my son was on our porch, she walked in a little closer. Ultimately, she made the trek across the lawn and sat next to him. The talked to each other, my son in low almost whispering tones asking her how she felt, calling her his friend; Shana, now Midnight, responded by purring.

They remained midnight buddies until her owners moved, taking Midnight -- now reverting to her original name "Shana" -- with them.

Ace's story reminded me of my son's interlude with Midnight/Shana. Thanks for the memories!

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Response to RVN VET71 (Reply #12)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 03:32 AM

16. Awwww, what a lovely story!

Thanks so much for sharing... I love these stories about the bonds we develop with our animals.

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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 08:07 AM

17. Cats can sense it when humans are on their wavelength.

This kid is lucky to have this little buddy, and the kitty is lucky to have him.

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