When Latham showed up at the hospital with the cat, even the vet was completely shocked by his condition. When the vet asked Latham what the cat’s name was, she explained that she’d just found him and hadn’t had a chance to name him yet — so the vet decided to call him Battle Cat, and the name stuck.
After examining him, the vet determined that Battle Cat had practically every injury imaginable. He suffered from puncture wounds all over his body, especially on his face, which had become infected. He was missing a ton of fur, was covered in fleas and ticks, had a ruptured eardrum and was running a fever, and his eyes were almost swollen shut. Poor Battle Cat was a complete mess, but the vet was still hopeful that he would be able to make a full recovery — but no one could have predicted just how quickly that recovery would happen.