Meet Kaya, a cute little cat with a face that could melt anyone’s heart.
Kaya was born with a mushy, unhappy countenance due to a congenital facial deformity. Odelkis Barrera, the founder of the TO Rescue (The Ontario Rescue), realized she wanted to save Kaya after seeing a photo of her unusual features.
In July, a Good Samaritan found Kaya outside and called TO Rescue for assistance. The 4-week-old kitten was dehydrated, malnourished and covered in fleas and ticks.
Under the care of Barrera and Kaya’s foster parents, the scrawny little kitten quickly gained weight and her lovely personality started to shine through. “She is very talkative and spunky,” TO Rescue wrote on Facebook. “She’s incredibly smart and only wants to be around people and [be] held.”
Despite the fact that the special kitten has gone through a lot in her short life, she has remained extremely friendly and lively. “She’s not only the prettiest cat imaginable, but she’s also wonderfully nice.” “Everyone who comes into contact with her falls in love with her,” the rescuers wrote. “She gets along swimmingly with her foster families, as well as the other cats and dogs.”
Barrera told The Dodo, “Her personality is beyond fantastic.” “All she needs is to be touched, loved on, and cared for.” She can’t get enough petting, so if you don’t, she’ll pet herself against you.”
When she’s not snuggling with her foster parents, Kaya can be found playing with her favorite toy in the world — a cardboard box. “Kaya spends hours playing inside of her box,” the rescue wrote. “She definitely keeps herself entertained! She is such a precious little girl.”
At five and a half months old, Kaya’s sole want is to find a loving forever home. However, she has yet to receive a single adoption application as of last week.
Kaya just underwent surgery to improve her vision and reduce some eye irritation. While her eyesight isn’t ideal, she’s learned to navigate with ease and can always tell when another dog, cat, or human is close, eager to play.
The rescue doesn’t understand why anyone would pass up the chance to add this sweet, special tabby to their family.
“We want a nice environment and a home that could dedicate the time to her that she needs,” Barrera said. “She would do well with other animals — she finds comfort looking around for other cats and dogs, and likes playing with them. And she needs someone who’s in it for the long haul.”
While Kaya is eager to find a loving permanent home, she is well aware that she is a cool cat — even if the rest of the world is slow to notice.