Sick Kitten With “Smushed” Face Was Going To Be Put Down, But One Woman Saw The Fight Within Her

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A tiny orphaned kitten, later named Smush, was found outside all alone and taken to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

This kitten looked much different from other cats. She was born with a cleft palate and had congenital conditions. But aside from cosmetic problems, she was also suffering from health issues.

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She had an upper respiratory infection, severe ringworm, and wouldn’t even eat. Smush needed round-the-clock care, so a vet student named Lindsey Hidenrite, who is the cat coordinator for Helping Hands Pet Rescue, volunteered to take her home. For the next month, she syringe-fed her, gave her baths for her ringworm, and made sure she got the best care. If Lindsey didn’t take her home, she would have been euthanized.

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Shannon Jax Productions

As days and weeks went by, Smush was recovering well and her personality was starting to shine. She was thriving in foster care and was a happy, friendly kitten.

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Shannon Jax Productions

Hidenrite’s friend, Shannon Jackson, is a photographer who takes photos of shelter pets to attract potential adopters, saw her post a picture of Smush on Facebook and it was love at first sight.

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Shannon Jax Productions

Jackson adopted Smush and couldn’t be happier. Smush may look different from other cats, but she doesn’t know it. She is playful and feisty just like any other cat.

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Shannon Jax Productions

Smush is loving her new life with her new humans, three doggy siblings, three kitty siblings, and even a hedgehog! She got a second chance thanks to Hidenrite, Jackson, and all of the others along the way who helped her live.

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Shannon Jax Productions

Click here to follow Smush on Facebook, and here to follow her on Instagram.

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.