When Jacqueline Santiago first saw a photo of Pinocchio, she immediately recognized him as unique.
She didn’t understand how wonderful the tiny little cat with huge blue eyes and a snaggletooth was until she saw him.
Santiago, owner of Friends for Life Rescue Network, told The Dodo, “I couldn’t really make out what was going on with his face until he came.”
Pinocchio was born with a cranial defect that gave him a twisted look. He can only consume wet food due to his crooked jaw. In addition, he had a big umbilical hernia that required surgery. Fortunately, because they have a veterinarian on staff, the organization frequently specializes in special needs cases.
When Santiago saw the 4-month-old cat, he didn’t appear to notice anything was odd about him.
“When we first met, he was very, very sweet,” Santiago added. “[He] purred immediately.”
Pinocchio makes friends with everyone he encounters, including humans and animals, and he couldn’t be more outgoing. “Pinocchio isn’t a shy character,” Santiago explained. “He has a lot of self-assurance and welcomes everyone nearly immediately.”
She went on to say, “He rushes up to anybody who enters the room and climbs up to their shoulder to perch.” “He loves to play and jump around, and he rubs on you. He’s a really cheerful person who adores everyone, including other humans, cats, and dogs.”
Pinocchio had medical problems while being cared for in a foster home and had to have surgery to repair his umbilical hernia and sternum placement.
He was so beloved by the medical personnel that they created him a Superman wrap to cover his sutures. They gave him a matching red cape during his next check-up.
Pinocchio is doing well, but owing to his medical difficulties, he won’t be adopted until he’s in his late teens or early twenties. “We don’t accept any applications or enquiries during treatment since we don’t yet know the entire extent of what his future demands will be,” Santiago explained. “We know what his requirements are today, but they may alter as he grows and changes.”
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Pinocchio will require a special home to adore him as he is after he has been cleared for adoption. Pinocchio’s lopsided grin is caused by the kitten’s crooked face, and he refuses to stop smiling no matter what.