This is Chase (and her friend the chihuahua.)
Looks like your average cat, doesn’t she? Maybe you need to see her face.
I have to admit that the first time I saw a photo of Chase, I gasped in a mixture of shock/horror/disgust/sadness/etc. Hit by a car when she was just six weeks old, Chase, as you can see, has no nose and is missing quite a bit of face fur. She is not what most people would call cute.
But as I read through her website, my feelings started to change. Maybe it’s because I’ve always had a soft spot for fluffy black and white kitties. But seeing her do normal cat things, like playing with her brother, made me realize that she is just as lovable as every other cat in the world, and maybe even more so. And I am so, so impressed with her owners, who have done what many people would never be able to do and opened their hearts to this cat with very special needs.
She reminds me and my boyfriend of Juliana Wetmore, the girl born without a face. But at least in Chase’s case, she’ll never really know she’s different, and she’ll never suffer emotionally because of it. Hopefully she’ll have a long and fascinating kitty life.