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JAN
17

One-Eyed "Snaggle-Puss" Kitty's Humans Think He's Purrfect

One-Eyed "Snaggle-Puss" Kitty's Humans Think He's Purrfect

It's hard to believe that anyone could look at this cat's sweet little face and then give him away.  But that's exactly how Dizzy the one-eyed, snaggled-toothed kitty ended up, abandoned as an adult along with his sis-fur, at Happy Cats Haven in Colorado Springs, in June 2015.

"We found him through Petfinder," says his human mom, Melanie, "and just fell in love with his face."

Based on exams, Dizzy is somewhere between 5 and 7 years old."We've decided he's 6, and we gave an April birthday," Melanie tells HiHomer.  "He and his sister were at Happy Cats for 2 or 3 months when we adopted them.I mostly remember being surprised at how long they'd been there."

Unfortunately, it's never surprising to learn that a special-needs cat has been abandoned or returned to a shelter, simply for being different.  As far as Dizzy's adoring humans slaves—Melanie and her husband Sal—are concerned, however, Dizzy is absolutely purrfect.

"We don't have much information about him as a kitten," Melanie says. "His vet thinks he was born that way. His skull is misshapen, and his brain 'quirks' are likely related to it."

But having only one eye, an adorable snaggle-tooth, and a sealed left nostril aren't the only things that make Dizzy a unique original.

"He often circles, always clockwise, as a sort of tic," Melanie reports.  "He also 'tracks.' It looks like a typewriter or lawn sprinkler motion. He goes into 'crazy mode' often. His eye becomes as big as a saucer, and that's when we know he wants to play."

Dizzy's more than just a pretty face, however.  He's also chock-full of purrsonality!

"Most people absolutely love him. People that had only seen pictures first and then meet him are always surprised by how sweet he is."

"His personality is honestly better than any cat I've ever met," Melanie enthuses. "He loves his catnip banana, and he likes catching it when we toss it to him.  He loves pepperoni, but only cooked on a pizza (he'll steal them right off the pizza). The only other people food he likes is turkey."

"He also likes fighting with his sister, and they take turns being the aggressor. She is a long haired tortie that was abandoned with him. Her name was Kalico, but we renamed her P2D2.  We think she and Dizzy are about the same age." 

Avast, ye kitty lubbers!  If you've enjoyed reading about Dizzy, do yourself a favor and follow the photogenic feline on social media!

Check out Dizzy's Instagram page!

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JAN
17

Magic The 2-Legged Cat Loves His Rescuers, His Best Buddy Trucker, And Being An Ins-purr-ation

Magic The 2-Legged Cat Loves His Rescuers, His Best Buddy Trucker, And Being An Ins-purr-ation

Like any healthy young cat, 2-year-old Magic can seem like a rocketing blur of energy at times.  "He's our grey speedster boy!" enthuses Jacci Moss, director of Friends of Felines Rescue Center in Defiance, OH.  "He knows many volunteers carry an extra pom-pom toy in their pockets, and he'll run up to them with those expectant eyes of his, waiting for the ball to be tossed for him to chase."

Magic's love for humans and zest for life would make him special no matter what.What makes him extraordinary, however, is that he does all this and more—on only two legs.

Magic first came to FFRC as a 6-week-old foundling back in January 2015.  Originally found by a shelter in Tennessee, FFRC was asked to help out due to Magic's severe leg deformities.

"We drove down to get him and returned already in love with this little boy," recalls Jacci in an interview with HiHomer.  "Magic was so very tiny, just 14 ounces.Slowly but surely he started gaining weight, and his personality blossomed!"

After the usual round of kitten-hood vet visits, shots, and de-worming, FFRC turned their attention to the most important issue—Magic's hind legs, which were so deformed they resembled a pretzel.

"Magic's rear legs caused him a lot of trouble, especially when he had to potty," says Jacci.  They were removed in two separate surgeries in April 2015.  A later surgery removed Magic's tail, which he could no longer move and was also interfering with his litter-box use.

"He went from having to handle those rear legs that caused him pain to a zooming kitten!" Jacci recalls.

Magic may have had a difficult start in life, but you'd never know it to see the happy 2-year-old today.  "Magic is a wonder," Jacci says. "He loves everyone.

"He also loves to race!  Some of his cat buddies will start in one room and race throughout the Rescue Center.  It doesn't matter that he only has his front legs—he generally is the winner! He sits straight up and cranks those front legs in motion full speed ahead, with his head held high!  He knows he can win!"

Aside from all the human affection and cuddles Magic receives on a daily basis, he also has a best kitty-friend—another 2-legged boy named Trucker.

"They are very close in age and frequently can be seen snoozing and playing together," Jacci tells us. "There is a real connection between these two cats.They're like Velcro."

It's when she talks about rescuing special-needs cats that Jacci truly sounds passionate.  "Some of our cats have disabilities. All of our cats have cat-abilities," she says. "It's amazing what can happen. Cats just figure things out---how can they handle this? How can they accomplish that desire to do something? They are cats and can simply do it!" 

"They don't waste time feeling sorry for themselves," she concludes."They simply get on with the act of living and have a whole lot of fun doing it! They are amazing. In their heads, they are fine and dandy, just as they are!"

In ours too, Jacci!

Learn more about Friends of Felines Rescue Center here.

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JAN
17

He Gets In The Bath With His Cat And You MUST See What Happens Next!

He Gets In The Bath With His Cat And You MUST See What Happens Next!

​This may be the most flat-out bizarre cat video we've ever seen--which is saying a lot, because we here at HiHomer do nothing but watch cat videos, look at cat pictures, and read cat stories all day long.  One thing's for sure--since we started watching this video, we haven't been able to look away!  Rapper iAmMoshow has a series of videos on his YouTube channel showing him rapping with his cats.  Of all of them, this was our favorite (the cat in this video even meows on-beat!).  Like him or lump him, one thing that comes shining through in all iAmMoshow's videos--even the most bizarre--is the genuine love this man has for his kitties.  Enough with the build-up!  Crank up the volume, click the play button, and get ready to see the oddest thing you'll see all day...

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:

JAN
17

Watch This Kitty's Cat-Nap Unfold In A Time Lapse Video

Watch This Kitty's Cat-Nap Unfold In A Time Lapse Video

Ah, the life of a cat!  What wouldn't we give to get to lounge by a sunny window all day???  While we may never be destined to live as leisurely a lifestyle as this pampered puss, we can at least watch this video and get a quick peek at what the good life looks like.  Plus, it's utterly fascinating to watch it all unfold via the magic of time-lapse.  If you're looking for something to perk you up from your after-lunch slump, you've got it right here--although, purrsonally, this kind of makes us want to take a nap ourselves...

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JAN
17

Senior Kitty With Only 2 Teeth Never Knew Love Until This Woman Saved Him

Senior Kitty With Only 2 Teeth Never Knew Love Until This Woman Saved Him

"I have a soft spot for senior animals," says Taylor of The Fancy Farm Girls of Honey Locust Hills. "And also the underdog—or cat."

Lots of people talk, but it takes a true Homer's Hero to act—and when Steve, a toothless, 12-year-old ginger, crossed Taylor's path, it was his lucky day. 

Taylor found Steve three months ago behind a dumpster at an IGA store, a place where people in the area tend to dump cats.  The women who work at the store feed the kitties and have them neutered/spayed, but it was clear that Steve needed extra attention.

For one thing, he had only two teeth in his whole mouth.

"He came to us pretty beaten up, so we assume that his experience with the other dumpster cats was not a positive one," Taylor recalls in an interview with HiHomer.  He also suffered from an eye infection so bad, she thought the eye might have to be removed—although, with proper medical care, it seems to have cleared up for now. 

Taylor quickly installed Steve on her 80-acre working farm in lower Michigan, which she affectionately refers to as "The Island of Misfit Toys."

"We have a kitty named Lip who needed his tail amputated due to injury," she tells HiHomer, "a dog with frog legs found alongside the road in the middle of winter, a Pyrenees with PTSD, and a one-eyed senior poodle, among others." 

Steve has free rein of the farm but chooses not to bunk with Taylors other rescue cats Taylor has, although he's already formed a tight bond with Taylor and her daughter.

When he wants some alone time, Steve settles in for a nap in the little "apartment" Taylor and her husband built for him, where he can curl up in a heated cat bed on those brisk winter afternoons.

Because Steve is essentially toothless, with only two teeth left, Taylor feeds him a diet of wet senior cat food soaked in bone broth.

Steve likes to eat his food straight out of the can or from a small bowl, using his paw like a spoon.

Steve's life may not always have been easy, but he appears to be ready to head into his golden years enjoying all the comforts of food, warmth, and love a kitty can have.  Best of all, he continues the proud tradition of rescuing "unadoptable" animals that Taylor and her family have established.  

"Somebody," she says, "has to give special-needs animals a voice."

JAN
17

This Man Gets On A Sled, But When His Cat Sees...I Can't Believe It!

This Man Gets On A Sled, But When His Cat Sees...I Can't Believe It!

Weston the cat and his human Jesse Smith are an action-adventure duo.  And they've been taking the internet by storm ever since video footage of the two sledding together surfaced on YouTube three days ago.

Also along for the ride on their sledding safaris is Jesse's wife and the couple's other cat, a rescue tabby named Elinor.

Jesse insists that their outdoor adventures are actually quite safe, and that the cats love it.

"My wife and I have taken both cats sledding once before, and they both were content as could be," the 29-year-old tells the Huffington Post. "Weston usually opts for the shoulder perch and does a great job of balancing up there. Also, being that it is quite cold during all this snow play, we do make sure to take frequent trips back to the warm car."

​The couple also take the cats on frequent hiking expeditions--with Elinor and Weston safely harnessed.

WATCH THE VIDEO OF JESSE AND WESTON SLEDDING HERE:

JAN
17

They See A Bobcat Outside Their Window...Now Watch What Their Cat Does!

They See A Bobcat Outside Their Window...Now Watch What Their Cat Does!

​Waffles may look like an ordinary house cat, but in his heart he's a lion--and he's clearly not afraid to show it!  This curious bobcat couldn't have known what to expect when he came sniffing curiously around a Telluride home, but Waffles quickly established just which kitty was the king of this particular castle.  The first time we played this video, our own kitties came running to see just who this big bad boss of a cat was--and we were just as impressed as they were.  We're sure you will be, too!  Be sure to crank up the volume before clicking play!

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:

JAN
16

Fireman Rescues Burned Cat, Helps Him Recover His Beautiful Floof

Fireman Rescues Burned Cat, Helps Him Recover His Beautiful Floof

"He put his paws up on me and climbed onto my shoulder as if to say, I choose you.I knew right then it was meant to be."

Philadelphia firefighter Lieutenant Stephen Paslawski spoke these words 2 years ago, soon after adopting a severely burned cat named Campbell from the Pennsylvania SPCA.  It's hard to know what was more amazing: that the kindred spirits had found each other—or that Campbell was able to trust anyone at all.

Lt. Paslawski was recovering from the recent loss of his beloved cat of 15 years when he first heard about Campbell.  And Campbell was recovering from multiple surgeries to treat the burns that covered more than 60% of his body, after two men doused him in an accelerant and set him on fire.

The men responsible for hurting Campbell were eventually convicted of animal abuse, and are currently serving up to 2 years in prison.

Paslawski reached out to the PSPCA about adopting Campbell as soon as he heard the kitty's tragic story on the news.

"I was disgusted that anyone could do this to any animal," Paslawski reported at the time.  "I had recently put down another cat due to a large tumor, and with me being a firefighter and Campbell being burned, it just seemed like a perfect fit.

"He'll have a loving home for the rest of his life," Paslawski added.

2 years later, Paslawski has made good on that promise.  Today, Campbell is a happy, healthy, and gorgeously floofy boy.

"Campbell is doing wonderfully along with his brother Geo who was also a rescue adopted from Philadelphia Red Paw," Paslawski tells HiHomer.

"He loves to be out on the screened in porch when the weather is nice and will sit out there for hours.  He also likes to roam the fenced-in yard eating grass."

"His hair has all grown back, but he did lose the tips of his ears," Paslawski adds. "He's still a handsome boy!"

"He just wants to be loved and that's it," says Paslawski. "It's pretty much what any animal wants." 

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JAN
16

Cat And Monkey Playing Together Is The Cutest Thing You'll See All Day

Cat And Monkey Playing Together Is The Cutest Thing You'll See All Day

Wasya the cat and Abu the monkey may seem like mortal enemies at first, but they're actually the best of friends.  Hailing from a small Nepalese town called Biratnagar, the duo are among several animals rescued and cared for Nikita Karki, and have formed a tight bond.  We're guessing it's because they seem to have found the purrfect balance between mischievous "taunting" and basic respect.  This is one of the happiest videos we've seen in a long time, and we're sure it'll make you smile as hard as we did!

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JAN
16

Earless, Toothless, Cross-Eyed Cat Gets His Life Turned Around By Love

Earless, Toothless, Cross-Eyed Cat Gets His Life Turned Around By Love

Eddie the 11-year-old Lilac Siamese (affectionately known as "Eddie the Lilac Lion") loves treats, belly-rubs, and curling up for a nap with his sis-fur Daisy.  His human mom, Jennifer Blakeslee, says the best word to describe him is serene.  "The serenity we saw in his face at the shelter is who he is at his core," she tells HiHomer.

But Eddie's life wasn't always so easy.  For this deaf, toothless, vision-impaired kitty, the road to happiness has been a long one.

Jennifer recalls that Eddie was "a hot mess" back in 2013, when he was rescued by Mid Hudson Animal Aid, a no-kill shelter in upstate New York.  Eddie had been part of an outdoor colony, where he'd been having a rough time.

"He was as mean as they come," Jennifer says.  "From what they tell me, you could barely touch him. He had severe ear infections, as well as stomatitis."

Getting Eddie proper medical care was the first step in soothing his savage temper—including a full dental extraction of his rotting teeth and, after a 2015 fundraiser, removal of his painfully infected ear canals.

"That's what made him deaf," Jennifer says, adding, however, "After that, Eddie was a completely different cat! He was sweet and approachable, loved belly-rubs, the whole shebang." 

It was in the Spring of 2015, after Jennifer lost her beloved special-needs kitty Shackleton, when she knew she was ready to open her heart to another special-needs cat—one who'd been passed over for adoption again and again.

"We walked into the shelter and saw Eddie, with his tiny ears and serene face. We fell in love instantly."

​ "Last year, we noticed he started scratching his ears a lot, until they bled.  We consulted our vet and a specialist, and decided he needed to have the remaining ear flaps (pinnae) removed." 

"Now he's earless AND toothless, and happier than ever!" Jennifer adds. 

Once Eddie was completely comfortable—and knew he was secure and loved forever—the last traces of his infamous temper melted away.

"He's friendly but also a little skittish, we think because he spent so many years being able to hear," Jennifer says. "He'll follow you into the depths of hell if you have treats in your hand. He also loves sitting on cat-dad's lap."

"And he especially loves our orange tabby girl, Daisy," she adds.

"If Daisy's around, he'll curl up next to her and achieve bliss. He's also very cross-eyed, and has something called nystagmus, which means his eyes move rapidly back and forth, so he doesn't see very well."

Eddie's an up-and-coming Instagram star these days, with a large and faithful following who love being kept up-to-date on his latest antics and exploits.

Not that fame has gone to Eddie's head.  "He sort of lives in a bubble," Jennifer says, "but since he had his ear flaps removed, he has started breaking out of that and playing more. He's more relaxed, because he's finally not in pain anymore." 

"Seeing how special-needs cats respond to love, affection, and warmth," Jennifer concludes, "it makes it all worth it. Eddie's taught us that miracles really can happen. No one wanted him, but now he's inspiring others to adopt senior and special-needs cats." 

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JAN
16

Your Cat Will LOVE You For This Genius DIY Scratcher!

Your Cat Will LOVE You For This Genius DIY Scratcher!

If only we had four hands instead of two--then we could do everything we have to do PLUS scratch our kitties all the time.  But since that's not an option, this super-easy--and absolutely brilliant--kitty self-scratcher is the next best alternative.  Simple to make, and even easier to set up, your kitty will be purring his thanks all day long.  What could be better than that?

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:

JAN
16

This Dancing Floofy Kitten Is The Greatest Thing You'll See Today!

This Dancing Floofy Kitten Is The Greatest Thing You'll See Today!

The adorable factor on this one goes all the way up to 11!  When this tiny ball of fluff hears his favorite tune he just can't stop himself from jamming to the beat--and we can't stop ourselves from saying, "Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!"  You'll want to be sure to crank up the volume on this one for maximum cuteness overdrive!

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JAN
15

Clever Cat Teaches Baby How To Walk, Because Cats Are Awesome

Clever Cat Teaches Baby How To Walk, Because Cats Are Awesome

It's a classic case of "monkey see, monkey do."  This baby has plenty to learn, but fortunately his kitty pal knows all the right moves--and isn't too busy to help the little fella out.  We've heard some people say that cats are "aloof" and "temperamental," but the clever kitty in this video has all the sweet playfulness and patience we at HiHomer associate with our own house panthers--and it makes for one darn sweet video.  Enjoy!

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JAN
15

"Vampire Kitty" Stole The Heart Of The Woman Who Saved Him

"Vampire Kitty" Stole The Heart Of The Woman Who Saved Him

Monk the cat is a healthy, happy three-year-old, purrfectly normal in every respect except one.  And he vants to suck your bloooooooood.

Meet Monk!

Okay—not really.  Monk's actually more apt to smother you in kisses than kitty bites.  "He's very spunky, feisty and he's got a little bit of attitude," his mom, Nicole Rienzie, tells The Dodo. "But he's very, very sweet. He likes to lick a lot."

Rienzie rescued Monk when he was just a wee kitten.  At the time, the most unusual thing about him was what pitiful shape he was in—which was hardly surprising, considering she'd found him wandering alone by the side of the road.

"He was very, very thin, malnourished, covered in bugs and his eyes were so infected he couldn't even see out of them," Rienzie says. "I swooped him up and took him home, cleaned him up, fed him and that's pretty much where it all began." 

As Monk grew and flourished under his new mom's care, he seemed like a perfectly normal kitty in all respects except one:

When he lost his milk teeth and started growing in his adult teeth, Rienzie noticed something unusual about his top canines — they were long.  Like really long.

"He's got these really long fangs," Rienzie says. "He looks like a little vampire." 

Monk's a full-sized adult these days—and his top canines are also full-sized and then some!

They're about three quarters of an inch long, far longer the usual one centimeter most cats' canines reach.

Rienzie's fears that Monk's colossal canines might be causing him pain, or the sign of a more serious condition, were quickly laid to rest by Monk's vet.

"It's rare, but [the vet] said some cats just get really big fangs like that," Rienzie says.  "His happen to be larger than most cats who grow long fangs, but [the vet] said that sometimes just happens, but there's nothing wrong with it at all."

Strangers may be endlessly fascinated by Monk, but as far as his bro-fur Bean—another black cat Rienzie rescued about a year after rescuing Monk—is concerned, Monk's just his big bro and best pal.Nothing more, nothing less.

"They were instant friends," Rienzie says. "Monkey really wanted a friend, and the second I put Bean down on the floor, he started licking him, cleaning him. He just loved him instantly."

Monk and Bean love zooming around Rienzie's house and "trashing the place," Rienzie says. "They do a lot of playing, and they're very, very active.  I clean up their toys and put them in their toy basket every night, and every morning when I get up, they've taken some out that they want to play with." 

Monk and Bean also love going for car rides with Rienzie, especially to get new toys and treats. They also go on outside adventures on their leashes and harnesses.

When they wear themselves out, Monk and Bean settle down for a cat nap. They never sleep apart, according to Rienzie. "They're always in a little cuddle puddle," she says.

Still, people can't stop looking at Monk and wanting to know more about him.

"People stop and want to take pictures, but they don't have much to say because they're in so much awe of his teeth," Rienzie says.  "When they're speechless it's hilarious."

Eventually, to satisfy popular demand, Rienzie started an Instagram page for the much-photographed meower, where he currently has more than 44,000 followers.

"When people look at pictures, a lot of the time they think they're fake," Rienzie reports. "I've had people say they're Photoshopped.  But they're not – they're just his teeth. They're always very surprised, wondering why they're like that." 

Monk's "vampire fangs" are as 100% authentic as his love for his mom and brother Bean—which is the thing about Monk that's most special of all.

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(All photos: Nicole Rienzie. h/t: The Dodo)

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JAN
15

Beautiful, Epileptic Kitty Was Abandoned And Heartbroken--Until This Woman Saved Her

Beautiful, Epileptic Kitty Was Abandoned And Heartbroken--Until This Woman Saved Her

Each and every cat is unique, as any proud fur parent will tell you.  But, even in a world of unique kitties, Sansa the cat (who's currently taking Instagram by storm) is a one-of-a-kind original.  The heterochromatic beauty (meaning she has two different-colored eyes) is also a polydactyl with two extra "thumbs."

Meet Sansa!

Sansa also suffers from feline hyperesthesia, a rare "rolling skin" syndrome.  While not actually epilepsy, it is a type of seizure disorder that causes episodes of agitation and sometimes even self harm.

Which is why Sansa was abandoned at a shelter when she was just over a year old—and why she was in danger of languishing there forever.  Until—miraculously—just the right purrson came along..

Karen has worked with special-needs children for the past 11 years, and was secretly hoping to find a special-needs kitty when she and her husband visited a Manhattan Petco adoption event 6 months ago.

"Sansa was the only cat who was hiding and whose face we couldn't see," Karen tells HiHomer.  "Her write-up stated that she had recently been abandoned by the only family she had ever known, and was suffering from anxiety and heartbreak.

"Even though the other cats at the event were extremely friendly and affectionate and Sansa was the complete opposite, I really wanted to interact with her.I fell in love with her immediately." 

Karen and her husband, Jack, took Sansa home that day.

Once she was knew she was secure and loved in her new forever family—and with the help of regular veterinary care—Sansa blossomed into the happy, confident cat she was always meant to be.

"She has really come out of her shell and become an extremely loving and social cat," Karen reports. "She sits on our lap on the couch every day, and sleeps on the bed with us every night. She seems to know whenever Jack or I aren't feeling well, and will stay right by our sides. She is the most caring and loving cat I've ever met!"

As for Sansa's hyperesthesia, Karen says, "Having feline hyperesthesia means that she has fits every day. She has good and bad days, but usually has at least one episode a day."

She adds, however, that medication has improved her condition.  "She is currently on antidepressant medication which makes her fits less violent than before. Now that she's getting treatment, she's doing much better."

When asked what she loves most about Sansa, Karen can't stop gushing.  "I love her huge personality.  I love how unique she is with her gorgeous eyes and polydactyl paws. I love how playful and mischievous she is, just like any 'normal' cat.  I love how confident she's become in such a short time, and how loving, social and vocal she is.

"I love how she wakes us up every morning (she's the best and most pleasant alarm clock!)," Karen concludes, "and how happy she acts whenever she greets us at the door when we come home.  I love absolutely everything about her!"

JAN
14

Mom Tries To "Save" Her Kitty Stuck In The Fishbowl But Then...Keep Watching!

Mom Tries To "Save" Her Kitty Stuck In The Fishbowl But Then...Keep Watching!

Cats are an eternal mystery.  Who knows why they do the things they do?  The one thing we do know for sure is that they have VERY firm opinions about what they do and don't like.  And who are we mere mortal humans to argue with them?  We're not sure that we quite see the kitty's point of view on this one--but we do at least respect how strongly he feels!

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:

JAN
14

Tiny Kitten With Big Heart Finally Finds Love After Almost Being Put Down Twice

Tiny Kitten With Big Heart Finally Finds Love After Almost Being Put Down Twice

It's hard to imagine that anybody could say "no" to this sweet little face.  But teeny TomKat (who, despite his small size, liked to eat so much that the shelter named him "Piglet") was returned to Philadelphia Animal Control by at least two different fosters before the right fur-mom came forward.

"He was time-stamped not once, but twice," Colby Rosenberg—the foster mom who finally saved TomKat—tells HiHomer.  "Meaning if nobody stepped up to the plate to commit to being his full-time foster, he would be put to sleep.

"I saw his picture on the Philadelphia Urgent list and knew I had to do something."

The wee foundling—first spotted wandering alone in north Philadelphia without a mom-cat or litter mates—was only 3 weeks old in October of 2016, when Colby brought him home.  Having spent so much of his short life without proper care, he needed a lot of attention before he could recover his health.

"He was undernourished and should have still been on a bottle. I had to mash kitten food and formula and feed him every 2 to 4 hours. He would stand in the food as he was not sure what to do, so I would put it on my fingers for him and feed him that way."

"The first few days were rocky," recalls Colby."There were times I wasn't sure he'd make it.But he had so much love and so much fight in him.He wouldn't give up, so I didn't give up either."

With the demands of her full-time job, Colby knew she'd need an extra set of hands to give TomKat the round-the-clock care he needed—so she called in a friend.  "I refer to my friend Jenn as 'the kitten whisperer,' as she has saved probably over a hundred. Jenn's an emergency room veterinary nurse by trade. She agreed to help me take on TomKat."

Under their joint care, TomKat grew and blossomed.

Eventually, TomKat was hale and healthy enough to find a forever home.  A friend of Colby's, who'd recently lost his beloved cat of 14 years, saw Colby's pictures of TomKat and fell in love. 

Today, the 4-month-old kitten is happy and loved in the home of his forever dad—one who would never dream of returning him to the shelter simply because he needs the attention and loving care every kitty deserves.

Colby, who still keeps in touch with her former foster baby, reports, that "he's a feisty, sweet, and smart boy!"

It just goes to show that a little love—and lots of teamwork—can make miracles in the life of a rescue cat.

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JAN
14

Watch As This Tiny Kitten Is Totally Fascinated By A Basketball

Watch As This Tiny Kitten Is Totally Fascinated By A Basketball

We have only one word for you, and it's: "SQUEEEEEEEEE!"  The only thing more adorable than watching a kitten is watching a kitten be endlessly fascinated by the simplest things.  Case in point, this adorable video of a wee kitten who just can't take her eyes off a bouncing basketball.  And we can't take our eyes off her!  The end result is a strong shot of cuteness--and we're guessing you could use one right about now.  So hit the play button below and enjoy all the "awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!"

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JAN
14

One-Eared Kitty Who Survived Abuse--And Still LOVES People--Needs A Forever Home!

One-Eared Kitty Who Survived Abuse--And Still LOVES People--Needs A Forever Home!

Van Gogh is a handsome ginger boy who's filled with love. "He greets me at the top of the stairs every morning," his foster mom through The Feline Foundation of Greater Washington, Kelly Cooper, tells HiHomer. "He grooms my hands, gives head butts, and will sit on my lap. He will eat anything, and while he eats he purrs. It's absolutely adorable."

What makes Van Gogh's capacity for joy and affection so remarkable is that he's managed to keep it intact, despite everything he's been through.

Van Gogh is only 2 or 3 years old, but this poor boy has seen enough bad breaks to fill nine whole lives.

By the time he landed in Loudon Animal Control last year, he'd already been in and out of at least 3 homes.  According to the woman who adopted him from LAC (who's requested anonymity), the people in home number 3 would post pictures of themselves mistreating the sweet ginger to Facebook—holding him upside-down by one leg and other acts of cruelty.

She doesn't know how the kitty lost his ear, but suspects it was at the hands of his abusers.  When he finally wound up at LAC, she adopted him and named him Van Gogh.

When she moved away a few months ago, however, she gave Van Gogh to her brother—who, after only a few days, gave him to someone else.

"We don't know how he got lost, but she suspects that her brother's friend didn't want him either and put him outside," says Lisa Cason of FFGW.  "He spent the whole weekend outside in sub-zero weather before a kind couple took him in."

Yet Van Gogh's sweet and loving nature—which nothing could break—still shone through.

"They said the cat came right up to them," adds Lisa. "He let them pet him, and they had no problem getting him inside, or into a cat carrier to go to [the shelter] the next morning."

After arriving at FFGW and being screened for FIV and FeLV, Van Gogh was quickly placed in a loving foster home—and his life has already begun to improve dramatically.

"Van Gogh is learning that life is better on the rescued side!" enthuses foster mom Kelly Cooper.  "He shows his appreciation with purrs, head butts, and nose kisses. Every day brings something new we can experience with him."

Van Gogh does carry a few traces of the bad times he's been through. "When my boys want to get rambunctious, Van Gogh cowers," observes Kelly.  "He still prefers to not have a hand come over the top of his head to start petting him. But he is clearly resilient and gaining confidence daily.

"He is a beautiful cat who is teaching us that his previous circumstance won't define his destiny," she adds, "and he's greeting love, safety and the idea of his forever home with open arms."

Van Gogh does well with other cats and older children, and FFGW describes him as, "affectionate, eager to please, intelligent, even-tempered, and gentle."

The Feline Foundation of Greater Washington is currently screening adopters for Van Gogh within the state of Virginia only.  If you think you might be the purrson who can make Van Gogh feel safe and loved forever, check out his adoption page and fill out an application.

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JAN
12

How These Cats React To Flip-Flops Will Make You Laugh!

How These Cats React To Flip-Flops Will Make You Laugh!

​Cats truly are nature's comedians, and this video is absolute proof.  A mash-up of felines reacting with varying degrees of amusement, anger, and obsession--to something as ordinary as flip-flops, this clip's had us laughing since we first saw it.  So how could we not share it with you?  Take a deep breath and get ready to chuckle long and hard.

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JAN
12

Tiny Rescue Kitten Is Scared And Lonely Until Sweet Siberian Comforts Her With Kisses

Tiny Rescue Kitten Is Scared And Lonely Until Sweet Siberian Comforts Her With Kisses

Rosie the rescue kitten had already been through a lot in her very short life before landing in the warm arms of a loving foster home. Still, Rosie's adjustment was difficult at first. "Rosie was really lethargic and unresponsive after the first night," her foster mom reports. So she decided to put Rosie together with Lilo, an affectionate Siberian with a serious loving streak. "Lilo has always had an innate motherly instinct, but she really surprised us when she went full surrogate mode!" exclaims Rosie's foster mom. "She's never had puppies of her own, and never will. But motherhood may just be her calling." After seeing this absolutely heart-warming video, we couldn't agree more...

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JAN
12

Kitty Mom Cleans Kitten A Little Too Eagerly...Watch What Happens!

Kitty Mom Cleans Kitten A Little Too Eagerly...Watch What Happens!

Moms who are obsessed with cleanliness are universal.  This poor kitten was trying to take a nap when mama-cat decided it was bath time.  And while a cat mom grooming her babies is a perfectly normal, typical activity, we can't help feeling that this particular mom was maybe a weeeeeee bit too enthusiastic in her efforts?  Her hapless kitten definitely thinks so!  If you were looking for something to lighten up your day, then you can't go wrong with this video.  And if you had the kind of mom who let you wash your own ears, be grateful!

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JAN
12

Kitties On A Treadmill Is The Funniest Thing You'll See Today!

Kitties On A Treadmill Is The Funniest Thing You'll See Today!

Lots of us made New Year's resolutions to get more exercise--but the kitties in this video are clearly taking theirs seriously.  And let's be honest--wouldn't you rather watch these fitness-obsessed felines hit the treadmill than climb on one yourself?  For us, it's no contest.  And since we keep hitting the play button over and over on this one, at least our thumb's getting a workout!  Just be sure to watch at least until the :44 second mark for maximum kitty overdrive!

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JAN
11

Rescuer Helps Tiny, Tenacious Miracle Kitten Recover His Beautiful Floof

Rescuer Helps Tiny, Tenacious Miracle Kitten Recover His Beautiful Floof

Today Minnow the cat is a handsome and healthy one-and-a-half-year-old.  But what makes him so special isn't his beauty—it's how close he came to never seeing his first birthday.

Minnow was a tiny kitten in October of 2015 when he wandered onto the property of a lawn-care worker.  The wee thing was clearly in desperate shape—weighing only 1 pound, 12 ounces at 5 months of age, he also suffered from parasites and major abscesses caused by an animal attack.

Fortunately for Minnow, the lawn-worker's client was rescuer Kara Dubrow of Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee.  She immediately took him in.

"He was on the verge of being septic," Kara recalls in an interview with HiHomer.com.  "He was just a skeleton under all that pretty fur."

Veterinary care and lots of TLC provided immediate help for Minnow's most obvious maladies.  Of more concern to Kara, however, was how severely underweight Minnow was—and how difficult he found it to keep food down or put weight on.

"We thought we were losing him a couple of times," Kara says. "The first couple of days, I kept checking to make sure he was still breathing."

Still, the kitten Kara describes as "the cutest, sweetest, puniest kitten the world has ever seen" had plenty of fighting spirit.  "He is tough," Kara wrote in a Facebook post at the time, "and we will give him all that he needs to pull through." 

Within a week, Minnow was showing encouraging signs of progress—finally keeping food down and even grooming on his own. 

And, just six days after that, Kara posted this on Facebook:

"Hear ye, hear ye!! Special announcement of the most positive kind!!!  Minnow has reached a HUGE milestone....He now weighs 2 pounds 1.1 ounce!  In one short week, while fighting for his life, he has managed to gain from 1 lb 12 oz to 2 lbs 1.1 oz!!!!"

As the weeks went by, Minnow continued to grow and heal."Believe it or not, this boy made up for lost time," Kara sayAnd today, "He is full size and gorgeous!"

"He is sweet and playful, just a wonderful cat!" she adds.

It's no wonder that, once Minnow was well and strong enough, a lucky adopter fell in love with the beautiful miracle kitty and adopted him as her forever cat.

Still, the paw prints Minnow left on Kara Disbrow's heart won't fade anytime soon.  "I can only speak as his foster," she says, "but he taught me never to give up."

Learn more about Feral Feline Friends and their pawsome rescue work here and here.

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JAN
11

Man's Reunion With The Lioness He Rescued Will Melt Your Heart

Man's Reunion With The Lioness He Rescued Will Melt Your Heart

Sigra was only a tiny cub when she met Valentin Gruener. A pride of lions had seen her and her wee siblings as a threat and attacked.  Sigra was the only one to survive--barely clinging to life.

The German-born Gruener, along with his Danish collaborator Mikkel Legarth, had founded the Modisa Wildlife Project in Botswana, a fulfillment of Gruener's lifelong dream to someday make a difference in the lives of animals all over the world.

This dream drew the two to Africa, where there were plenty of lions in need of saving.

When Gruener came across Sigra, still only a baby and gravely injured, he immediately scooped her up and rushed her back to safety.

Once Sigra's injuries had been treated, however, Gruener and Legarth decided that they didn't want the tiny cub to grow up in captivity. As much as they loved her, they knew her destiny was to run free.

Valentin and Mikkel worked hard to raise Sirga in the wild, allowing only themselves to have contact with her.

She now lives under the watchful eye of her rescuers, but still enjoys the wild where she belongs.

Still, Sigra never forgot the love and compassion of her human rescuer—as this unbelievably joyful video so beautifully shows.

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It just goes to show that a simple act of kindness is never wasted and never forgotten—especially by the animals who need our help the most! 

Learn more about the Modisa Wildlife Project Here.

Follow Valentin Gruener and his work here.

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JAN
11

Devious Kitty Is About To Knock The Vase Over...But Watch Her Reaction When She Gets Caught!

Devious Kitty Is About To Knock The Vase Over...But Watch Her Reaction When She Gets Caught!

If you love cats, chances are one of the things you love most about them is their sense of mischief.  This kitty in this video has mischief-making tendencies in spades--but also enough common sense to know how to play nice when the humans are watching.  So it's incredibly funny to see her cover her tracks when caught red-pawed in the middle of her sneaky deed.  This video is short and sweet, and guaranteed to give you a chuckle!

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JAN
10

This Cat Is In Love With This Bird, And It'll Make You Laugh!

This Cat Is In Love With This Bird, And It'll Make You Laugh!

Birds are known to be musical creatures, but it's a bit more unusual to hear a cat break out into song.  But love can do amazing things!  While technically an ad, the LOL! factor on this one raises it to the level of true comedy gold--and a must see for anyone who loves cats (or birds).  Be sure to crank your volume up!

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JAN
09

Adorable Kitten Can't Stop Playing With Her "Happy Birthday" Balloon

Adorable Kitten Can't Stop Playing With Her "Happy Birthday" Balloon

Evie the Siamese kitten is now 1 year old, and someone's given her the purrfect birthday present--a Mylar balloon all for her own. The only trouble is, Evie won't share the booty or even let it go for a second. The resulting video is pure comedy gold. So click the play button below, and let's get this pawty started!

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JAN
09

Strict Kitty To Baby: You Must Nap Now!

Strict Kitty To Baby: You Must Nap Now!

Any parent will tell you it's a job that often calls for the fine art of gentle persuasion.  And when that fails, it may be time to call in reinforcements.  This tough-love kitty babysitter clearly knows how to get the job done and make sure baby takes his nap.  We have only one question: Do you think he's available for babysitting jobs?

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JAN
09

Floofy Kitten Found In Pitiful Shape Is Healed By Love—Then Heals His Rescuer

Floofy Kitten Found In Pitiful Shape Is Healed By Love—Then Heals His Rescuer

Wellie was a small, abandoned kitten when he was brought to VOKRA, a Vancouver rescue for orphaned kittens.  His fur was severely matted, he was malnourished, and someone had removed his front claws before throwing him outside.

That Wellie had managed to survive on his own was a miracle—but now he was in desperate need of saving.

Wellie's life turned around when a woman named Vica saw him on VOKRA's website.  Before the shelter was even able to add a description to go with Wellie's picture, Vica was on her way over to VOKRA to adopt him.

It was love at first sight!

Despite all the hardships he'd faced, Wellie—short for Lord Wellington—proved to be a playful and affectionate kitten, full of love for his new human mom.

And, while he was healing in his new forever home, he helped his human mom heal, too.

Vica was recovering herself from a bad neck injury she'd suffered the year before.  But, once Wellie came into her life, the rate of Vica's healing quickly accelerated, surprising her doctors.

As Vica tells HiHomer, "My stress from the injury was starting to decrease and I felt my neck was feeling better and better every day. It's hard not to smile when you see an adorable mini lion strut around your house."

They say that love is the best medicine—and Vica and Wellie are the living proof. Today, the inspurrational duo share their adventures and advocate for rescue kitties on Wellie's Facebook page.

It's like we at HiHomer.com are always saying: When you help animals, you help people, too!

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