'Smurf' kitten used as chew toy makes friends with blind cat

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"I've seen a lot of animals used as bait for other animals, it looks to me like he was used as a chew toy," said Monica Rudiger with the shelter.

"He obviously wasn't killed by the dog or whatever animal it was but he was pretty badly injured."

The 8-week-old was rescued in San Jose and brought to the shelter on Dec. 28 with bite wounds all over its body.

He was found in a box of purple rags and lemon peels.

A kitten nicknamed 'Smurf' because it was dyed blue-purple from head to paw and was likely used as a chew toy for other dogs, has become friends with a blind cat at the shelter that rescued them.
 
Animal care workers say the two are inseparable and have posted photos of the pair cuddling and giving each other kitty "massages."
 

A good Sunday morning to everyone! SMURF is bright eyed today & eating like a champ! SMURF and his blind roommate WANDA thank you for all of the baby food! Please keep it coming...SMURF and WANDA have become inseparable! SMURF seen here giving WANDA her daily massage. Listen closely for the purring...it will warm your heart !

Posted by Nine Lives Foundation on Sunday, January 3, 2016
 
 
Veterinarians performed emergency abdominal surgery on Smurf over the weekend and say he is expected to make a full recovery.
 
Rescue workers at the Redwood City based Nine Lives Foundation say he suffered roughly 20 wounds to his body.
 
But shelter officials note the recovery may take many weeks of special care.

SMURF'S daily update!From all of us at Nine Lives we thank all of you for your generous support of our mission to save kittens like SMURF & WANDA! Your donations of canned food & baby food arrive every day & we are overwhelmed by the love we feel from people all over the country & around the world! SMURF continues to improve & his wounds are healing well! We hope that he and WANDA are able to go to their foster home this week! We will have them return to Nine Lives on weekends as often as possible for visitors! We will keep you posted!Thank you again for all of your support! We promise to give weekly if not daily updates from his foster home!WANDA has taken on a purple hue from snuggling with SMURF! Check out her under belly... :)

Posted by Nine Lives Foundation on Monday, January 4, 2016
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