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Man adopts cross-eyed kitten because: she’s perfect

Cross-eyed cat lies on sofa cat-happy
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'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'. A North Carolinian’s recent search for a cat led him to an unwanted - yet simply irresistible - cross-eyed tabby.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 01/03/2019, 08:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:51

When Garrett Nabors from Raleigh, North Carolina announced his want of a pet, one of his co-workers knew just what to do. Also a volunteer at a nearby animal shelter Nabors’ colleague showed him a picture of a stray cat called Poodle recent found on the site of a new housing complex. 

My coworker told us she had a few cats at the time and named them all Noodle, Doodle, Poodle, and Oodle,’ Nabors told Love Meow. ‘They had all been adopted besides Poodle because people had concerns about her eye’.

Perfect imperfection

Poodle was born with a Strabismus: a congenital defect that causes the eye to point either inwards or outwards. A strabismus is also known as a squint or cross-eye and is often due to a weakness in one of the muscles controlling the eye orbit. 

For Nabors, such a minor imperfection mattered not. 

We fell in love with her immediately,’ he told Love Meow, ‘and we went and adopted her the very next day. She has no problem seeing at all, although she does have her occasional clumsy moments.’

Nabors and Poodle are today inseparable. According to Nabors the tabby can't get enough of his company. ‘She has to follow me everywhere,’ he explains. ‘I have very little personal space, and she looks for any opportunity to be in physical contact with me.

She craves attention. If I'm watching TV, she will go stand right in front of it until I pay attention to her or get her treats. 'Treats' is her favorite word.’

If you are considering adopting a cat it is essential you consider whether you and your home are right. Is your home safe? Are you away a lot of the time? Do you have other pets? What do the other members of the household think about owning a cat? 


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