Hi I'm Matt,
I'm an English musician and producer and I also work as a coach.
I came to Greece for a few months to help with my health after getting the Covid virus last year and to explore a music and healing project. In my first week I met a tiny little ginger kitten near some wheely bins. He was one of a few happy stray cats who live there. We hung out for a few minutes and although he was cute and playful, I had to be on my way so I said goodbye and thought no more of him.
A month later I was awoken by the most terrible, harrowing cries outside my window. I thought it was a bird at first but when I got outside I was met by a truly shocking sight. It was the same little kitten from the bins. He had somehow managed to find my home. I live 1.5 km away from the bins up several very steep and rough tracks so it was a miracle he managed to find me.
But the real shocker was his condition. He was clearly starving. He'd been attacked by another cat or dog and was bleeding very badly. Both his eyes were closed from infection and I later found out he was in fact blind from cat flu. How he made it up that hill without sight still amazes me. When I bent over to try let him know he was safe he wrapped his paws around my legs just like the first time we met.
I took him in and I will be eternally thankful he made it through that first night because my life has changed in ways I could not have imagined since he arrived.
So, why am I asking for help? Well, I simply hadn’t budgeted for the extra costs that came with this little creature and like most musicians my income has been hit hard by Covid. He has been on 2 types of antibiotic, special eye treatments, a special diet, cat litter, cat cot for visits, toys, and depending on his strength he will need an operation later this year to remove one or both eyes as the eye lids are welded and cause him a lot of distress. So I need some help, and I’m budgeting for a year ahead at around £1500 to cover all this.
I also want to divert some of my time to making regular podcasts about what I’m learning from him and how we can all learn for a closer and more loving relationship with animals.
So please listen to the whole story on the Soundcloud link below. There's so much magic in it and it needs to be heard, not read. I'm a music producer so telling his story in sound and music is really the only way because little Nelson hears and feels the world because he can no longer see.
Click here to listen to his story so far : Nelsons Podstory
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