A seven-week-old kitten that has been dyed purple and suffered from at least 15 bite wounds and deep lacerations is now safe and recovering from his injuries at the Nine Live Foundation, a no-kill shelter in Redwood City, California.

Named Smurf for his periwinkle hue, this poor baby kitten, who weighed in at just 1.75 pounds, appeared to have been “used as a chew toy for a larger animal (or) dog,” the Foundation said in a Facebook post. The kitten was rescued from the San Jose Animal Care Center and transported to Nine Lives for medical care.

Smurf weighed in at just 1.75 lbs.

Kitten Dyed Purple That Has Been Used as a Live "Chew Toy" Finally Safe

Smurf received a full body shave, multiple baths, wound care, and antibiotic treatment.

Kitten Dyed Purple That Has Been Used as a Live "Chew Toy" Finally Safe

Smurf cuddles up in his new blanket after rescuers give him the TLC he needs. 

Kitten Dyed Purple That Has Been Used as a Live "Chew Toy" Finally Safe

Just a few days after his rescue, Smurf was feeling much better. He was up and playing with his two new kitty friends at the shelter, who just adore him. Check out the video below of him and his best friend, Cherry.

Smurf will undergo surgery next week to repair the large wound on his right leg and caretakers at Nine Lives Foundation said that all of his other wounds are healing well. Nine Lives Foundation said that Smurf and his friend Cherry will be going into foster care together next week!

To help Nine Lives Foundation care for cats like Smurf, visit Nine Lives Foundation’s and make a donation here.

All image source: Nine Lives Foundation