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7 Year Old Girl Rescues Kitten with ‘Deformed Face’ and Changes Her Life

Posted in Cat Videos - On: May 2, 2024 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Videos 
Last Updated: May 2, 2024  
Author:  Jan Travell

On the bustling streets of Istanbul, a tiny stray kitten was easily overlooked.

Her marked facial abnormalities branding her as "too ugly" for many passersby to even consider approaching.


But this story of adversity is also one of profound kindness and metamorphosis, sparked by the tender-hearted actions of a young girl.

At merely 7 years old, this simple act of compassion would indelibly change this kitten's existence.


When the young girl encountered the kitten, the poor thing curled up beside a dumpster, her appearance strikingly pitiful—marked by deformities, coated in filth, visibly starved, and evidently desperate for a touch of kindness.

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Compelled by the sight of such unadulterated need, the girl’s heart swelled and she knew she had to help.

With the unblemished innocence characteristic of youth, she scooped up the kitten and brought her home, resolved to restore her to health.

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The girl's next challenge was convincing her father to finance the veterinary costs.

Their collective efforts sparked a significant transformation.

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 The kitten, once marginalized and neglected, began to flourish, buoyed by their care and affection.

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As the kitten adapted to her new environment, it was apparent she had not only discovered a loving family but had also carved a niche in the young girl’s heart.

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When it was time to choose a name she decided on “Gülümser,” meaning “she who smiles” in Turkish, a fitting tribute to the joy and resilience now evident in the kitten’s demeanor.

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Despite lacking an upper lip and an ear, Gülümser adapted to her new life with vivacity, her affectionate disposition and lively antics endearing her irreplaceably to her family.

The bond that blossomed between the girl and Gülümser solidified into a poignant testament to the notion that beauty lies in the beholder’s eye.

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This touching story not only warms the heart but also reminds us that kindness can indeed transform lives, affirming that everyone, no matter their appearance or past afflictions, merits love and a shot at true happiness.

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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