When Jacqueline Santiago first saw a picture 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 arrived.”
Pinocchio was born with a cranial anomaly that gave him a twisted appearance. He can only consume wet food due to his crooked jaw. In addition, he had a big umbilical hernia that required surgery. Fortunately, the rescue frequently specialized in unique situations.
When Santiago met the 4-month-old kitten, he seemed completely unaware that he was any different.
“He was very, very sweet upon first meetings,” Santiago said. “[He] purred right away.”
Pinocchio makes friends with everyone he encounters, especially humans and animals, and he couldn’t be more outgoing. “Pinocchio isn’t a bashful character,” Santiago said. “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.
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 loved 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 because 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 really do not 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.”
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.