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Location: Cork, Ireland


Buttons has had a very rough start to life. He was rescued from a roadside after being dumped along with his litter-mates, but was the only one to survive. After a struggle to overcome a serious case of cat flu and feline herpes he unfortunately escaped and was attacked by a feral cat. He survived that attack and although it left him severely disabled for months and FeLV positive he is a now just over a year old and a very happy, playful kitty. He still can’t walk properly, but loves sitting on his cat activity centers looking out at the birds and dogs going by. Buttons is truely a very special cat and has such a fighting spirit! I have never given up on him and I never will. He really brings joy to my life, and everyone that meets him feels the same.

I love this picture. You can see the St Francis medal on his collar. He always wears it.

34 Responses to “Buttons”
  1. Profile photo of JerseyGirl JerseyGirl

    What an inspiring story of courage and persistence! (And cuteness.) How appropriate that Buttons is wearing his St. Francis medal, since today is St. Francis’s feast day! Blessed feast day to all who share St. Francis’s love for animals.

  2. Profile photo of Bubz Mom Bubz Mom

    I feel just awful for poor Buttons and what he went through as a baby kitten. It is truly a miracle that he survived at all. I think he is amazing and gorgeous! I want to smooch that adorable pink nose of his πŸ™‚

  3. Profile photo of calady calady

    What a beautiful baby boy….he sure is a fighter and hopefully the worst is behind you both! You can sure see the love he has for you on his face!!! Here is to many many happy years together…

  4. Profile photo of cother cother

    Blessings on you, little precious one! Long life and much happiness to your sweet heart, always!

  5. Profile photo of draucker draucker

    Aww what a sweet story. Thank you for taking care of Buttons and loving him always!!! Hugs and kisses to sweet Buttons. He certainly is beautiful. Hope you have many happy years together!

  6. Profile photo of catlessinto catlessinto

    Buttons is one tough little tabby dude.. well done you caring for him, he looks lovely now. Please give him many cuddles and treats from me πŸ™‚

  7. Buttons

    Thank you jerseygirl… I suppose i didn’t think of it that way it is funny he’s kitty of the day on St Francis’s feast day its even more of an honour πŸ™‚

    I light a candle nearly everyday to St Francis and have a little statue of him in our home so he can watch over all my animals but for some reason buttons is extra special and gets his very own medal

  8. Profile photo of Lgoaliefan Lgoaliefan

    Thank you for making sure Buttons has a happy life. He is a survivor!!!!

  9. Profile photo of Kirby Kirby

    Buttons is lucky to have such a devoted companion in his corner, and he’s a handsome fellow!

  10. Profile photo of caroline caroline

    Hello handsome Buttons! πŸ™‚

  11. Profile photo of Buckskin977 Buckskin977

    Thank you sooo much for caring & loving Buttons. Well done!
    My furkids & I wish you & Buttons many happy, healthy years.
    Give him a kiss for us!

  12. Profile photo of loislaine loislaine

    Buttons has a fanominal will to live and bring joy. What a blessing he is to everyone.^ ^

  13. Profile photo of JerseyJoan JerseyJoan

    It’s our Buttons! What a lovely picture of him! After such a rough start, it is reassuring to know he is in good hands. Wishing you many happy years together.

  14. Profile photo of katzenmother katzenmother

    Talk about a story of overcoming some serious odds. Buttons is a wonderful kitty:) Give him a special snuggle for me. I had never thought of lighting a candle for St. Francis nor putting a metal on Oliver, my kitty escape artist’s collar. Many happy loving years with your handsome and loving Buttons! May St. Francis bless all pet owners!

  15. Buttons

    That’s right Joan he’s your buttons too πŸ™‚

  16. Jeankit

    Yay, Buttons you are our special survivor as TDK family kit member the Star-kit today on fitting day as St Francis Day & World Animal Day!

  17. Profile photo of Adrian Adrian

    Buttons looks happy and healthy now . . . and that’s what’s important.

    Thanks for sharing the photo and story of Buttons!

  18. Profile photo of KapitiKats in NZ KapitiKats in NZ

    Yayyy! It’s our wee Buttons. He’s a beautiful and very lucky boy.

  19. Profile photo of Bobosmom Bobosmom

    Buttons is a great survivor kitty, many thanks to his loving hoomin. May you two have many happy years ahead.

    Okay, now I’m on a mission to get St. Francis medals for my two fur babies. What a great idea. I, too, love St. Francis.

  20. Profile photo of The bigcat The bigcat

    Thank you,thank you for saving him.Blesssing and love for the both of you and yours.Many many long happy years for you and Buttons together! πŸ™‚

  21. Profile photo of Arcalian Arcalian

    Hard as nails, tough as steel FUZZ

    Blessed FUZZ

  22. Profile photo of Sailkitti Sailkitti

    Wow what a tough cookie Buttons is, bless you for not giving up on him. Buttons is very handsome and obviously well taken care of and extremely loved.

  23. Profile photo of cindicated cindicated

    Just watched a bunch of local kids on the news get their critters blessed on St Francis’ day. Very cool that Buttons is featured today. I like the idea of his wearing the medal as well. Wishing Buttons much health, happiness, & blessings.

  24. Profile photo of Moonshadow_NZ Moonshadow_NZ

    Buttons, it’s our Buttons and looking so handsome to.

  25. Profile photo of piobaire piobaire

    Thank you for sticking with him. He has the most beautiful eyes.

  26. Profile photo of turquoise turquoise

    Wonderful photo, cat, and owner.

  27. Profile photo of Pamela Pamela

    Buttons, you are absolutely precious! You have been through a lot but it sounds like you have amazing, loving Humans to care for you and give you a good life.

    It looks like you’re pretty playful too…that’s a good thing. Hugs and snuggles for a very special cat!

  28. Buttons

    Thank you all so much for your kind words.. Buttons will never be able to walk,balance or jump properly but that doesn’t stop him being full of energy and love… He loves his St Francis medal i call it his “Bling Bling” πŸ™‚

    We will taking him back to the vet for an FeLV retest soon so we are praying it will be negative but until then he has his special diet and daily vitamins which we hope will all prolong his life to… He is such a special kitty im truly blessed to be able to care for him.

  29. Profile photo of pookster pookster

    Hurrah for our own brave wee Buttons! :0)

  30. Profile photo of gerbil gerbil

    Hurrah for Buttons! I’m glad the Patron Saint, whom I’m named after, is watching over him! πŸ™‚

  31. Profile photo of MaryLynnVa MaryLynnVa

    Buttons,you’ve been through so much! You deserve a long and healthy life!

  32. Profile photo of lagatta lagatta

    Oh, I missed la festa di san Francesco this year. Years ago, I studied in Perugia, the largest city in Umbria. Assisi and Perugia were warring city-states, but nowadays Assisi is a suburb of Perugia, and there are plenty of cats sunning themselves in the piazze of both towns.

    Wishing good health to Buttons, and a hello to all the Francis, François, Francescos out there and to all the Clares as well.

    Where is Arcalian? He should be on board with “When Irish Fuzz is smiling”…

  33. Profile photo of kimberk kimberk

    Oh, I hope he tests negative! Please let us know. Vibes for Buttons.

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