“Ugly” Special Needs Stray Has a Family Who Thinks She Is Beautiful

Written by: Molly Weinfurter
Molly Weinfurter is a writer for iHeartCats, and she’s passionate about helping animals in need. She volunteers for Bailing Out Benji and a local dog rescue.Read more
| Published on September 11, 2019

Lori Farris is a 50-year-old special needs teacher. One day, when she was leaving work, she came across a kitten that did not appear to be in good shape. The poor kitten was dirty, covered in fleas, and had a bloody nose.

When this kitten followed Farris to her car, she knew that she had to help her. So, Farris decided to take the kitten home with her to get her cleaned up. Little did she know, this kitten was about to become a huge part of her life.

A few days later, Farris took the kitten to the vet. She then learned that this female kitten was only 5 weeks old. The vet found that the kitten not only had fleas, but she also had eye infections and intestinal parasites. 

Other than that, the kitten appeared healthy. Luckily, all her issues healed over time as well. However, her face and mouth appeared different than typical cat. While cats cannot have Down’s Syndrome, the vet explained she had a condition similar to Down’s Syndrome for cats, but not exactly the same. It could possibly just be a facial deformity.

Sadly, the vet told Farris that the kitten would likely be put down at a shelter due to her unusual appearance. Farris was very much an animal lover, so she knew that she couldn’t let this happen. She wanted to give this kitten the best life possible, so she brought her home with her.

Farris decided to name the kitten Willow. Willow quickly adjusted to her new life with Farris. She even bonded Farris’s dog, Ella the Boxer. Farris says that the two have been inseparable ever since Willow joined the family. Willow and Ella often play together and even snuggle together.

Willow is now about two years old, and she is completely happy and healthy. She now even has her own Instagram with over 136,000 followers. Many of her photos include her wearing flowers on her head or a cute hat. Also, despite her unusual appearance, each one of Willow’s photos are adorable.

“I’m okay with people saying she’s weird-looking because she is, but I don’t like when people call her ugly, retarded, or gross,” Farris said.

She might not look like your typical cat, but Willow is definitely beautiful in her own way. She is lucky to have such a loving family that accepts her for who she is along with many supportive followers. Willow proves that animals are so much more than just their appearance.


Featured Image: @WillowtheBeatuifulCat/Instagram
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