Location: Beebe, Arkansas, USA
Smudge is a half-Manx cat whose mother died less than 24 hours after he was born. He and his siblings were bottle fed by my friend who owned the mother, Avalon. We got Smudge when he was seven weeks old. He was so tiny that he looked to be around three weeks old. His hair was thin from not getting the nourishment he needed from his mother, and I used to tell my friend that he looked like a little bat without wings. I thought he was the cutest little ugly kitty ever, but I could see through all that and knew he’d be beautiful some day. Our little ugly duckling. He’s now a beautiful, sleek 11-lb. cat.
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