This Disfigured Cat Was Ignored By Everyone. Then A 7-Year-Old Girl Did Something Incredible.

When a disfigured kitten was abandoned on the streets of Istanbul, Turkey, residents were too put off by her looks to stop and help. Starving and in pain, the entire city had seemingly written her off because of her appearance.

That is, until a 7-year-old girl found her.

The little girl brought the kitten to her father, and together they rushed her to an animal hospital. There, it was discovered that in addition to the prominent facial deformities, the kitten was also infested with mites. The veterinarian set out on an ambitious plan to save her life. They needed a miracle.

When the girl picked up the kitten, she was in horrible shape.


Passersby have ignored her for days on the streets.

She was infested with mites, and her face was badly disfigured.

Save for the brave 7 year old, most people chose not to look at the "ugly cat".  The veterinarian and nurses tried everything in their power to reconfigure the cat’s face. The poor girl had been through so much.

Slowly but surely, the medical team managed to nurse her back to health and surgically repaired her roughest features.

When she was finally out of danger, she was named Gülümser, which means “she who always smiles.”  Grateful to be alive, Gülümser stays close to the little girl who had rescued her.


Gülümser’s transformation is nothing short of magical. While the vet clearly worked wonders on this cat, the unconditional love of a child was her true savior.  It’s a wonderful reminder that we should never judge a book by its cover.

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