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Traumatized Cat Finds A Forever Family That Loves Him–And His Crazy Whiskers!

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Kyle the cat, with his “got milk?” mustache, yellow gaze, and charmingly haphazard whiskers wasn’t always this carefree. In fact, the formerly neglected cat was traumatized after living in a household that was so abusive, he ended up witnessing a murder.

Poor Kyle was taken into police custody as “evidence,” where living with a group of 30 cats did nothing to put him at ease. After some time, he was put up for adoption.

A photo posted by Kyle(@mycatkyle) on

Meanwhile, a couple was looking for a kitty companion for their cat, Princess Mer. They were browsing PetFinder when they stumbled upon Kyle’s picture and were immediately smitten. They took the 3-hour drive to the rescue where the crazy-whiskered cat was located, hoping he’d be their new furry family member.

#FangsForEsteban #RIP @estebancat. We will sincerely miss seeing your glorious #tooth.

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When a volunteer brought them to Kyle’s kennel, they were in for a surprise.

“It was a mix of shock at first sight and love at first sight – shock because he was a hot mess (wheezing, dandruff, disheveled whiskers) and love because you just wanted to take care of this poor mess of a creature,” cat-mom Jen told Love Meow.

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According to Kyle’s Instagram, the tuxedo has, “3 teeth, no claws, severe dandruff, hip dysplasia and a crooked ear.” But now, he’s got a loving family and over 73,000 Instagram fans!

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It took some time for the confused, skittish kitty to get used to life in a caring home. But Jen told Love Meow that, despite his hesitation, they continued getting glimpses of Kyle’s true personality.

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“You could tell he was a lover, though, because despite the trauma he had been through, he still ran up to us for some lovin’… in small millisecond intervals,” Jen said in the story.

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It’s been 6 years since Kyle found his forever home, making him around 8-11 years old. He’s sweet and cuddly and the happiest he’s ever been. In fact, despite his generally passive and laid-back nature, “he will NOT tolerate wrongful occupation of his laps,” as explained in this video’s caption. (The gray kitty is Princess Mer.)

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And as for those crazy-adorable whiskers? “Kyle’s whiskers are a combination of genetics and extreme napping,” the couple said in the Love Meow story.

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Kyle’s story inspired his parents to support initiatives that help prevent domestic violence and advocate for animal-friendly domestic violence shelters. They have set up a GoFundMe page, using Kyle as the spokescat, in order to help others that are in dangerous situations.

#DeeeeeeeRP!!! Thanks for inviting us to the #CaturdayNiteDerpOff @derthecat!!!

A photo posted by Kyle (@mycatkyle) on

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). To-date Kyle has raised approximately $6,500 for non-profit organizations that support animal-friendly DV shelters. Kyle would like to bump that total to $10,000!!!” it reads.

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Way to pay it forward! We are so glad that this beautiful cat is safe, happy, and loved!

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You can follow Kyle on Instagram @mycatkyle and on his Facebook page.

(h/t: Love Meow)

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