The shelter’s veterinary staff suspected that Nubbies had suffered some sort of trauma and was having trouble healing on his own, though it’s unclear exactly what had happened to the cat. Medical staff quickly put Nubbies on pain medicine and antibiotics, but he had a long road ahead of him. From there, Rivers stepped up, not only as Nubbies’ foster, but as his strongest advocate.
Nubbies’ condition would be hard on most animals, but it was especially difficult for Nubbies because of his energetic and attention-loving personality. It was hard for him to stay still while he was recovering — he loves to crawl and throw himself onto people’s laps, according to Rivers.