Rescue cat so happy to have found her forever home SMILES all the time

Calico Snickers has such prominent facial markings that it seems like she’s constantly grinning that she’s built a loyal following on Instagram, where she’s nicknamed “Snickers the Smiling Cat.”

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The rescue cat’s owner shares her health transformation

A rescued cat named Calico Snickers is so delighted to have found her forever home that she keeps smiling.

She even has a smiling face on her paw.

Her striking features make it seem like she’s always grinning, having amassed a huge following on Instagram, where she’s affectionately dubbed “Snickers the Smiling Cat.”

Kelly DeWeese was traveling in June 2020 when she found a tiny five month old kitten that was sick and infested with fleas.

The kindhearted studio manager took the little kitten and gently carried her two miles to his home, where she was carefully bathed and taken to the vet for a check-up.

There, Snickers underwent a series of tests involving vet bills, medication and surgery needed to nurse the cat back to health, at a cost of nearly $7,000.

The two-year-old cat Snickers


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Kelly, who said it was “worth every penny” to get the little kitty back on all four paws, says two-year-old Snickers is now grinning constantly thanks to her cute face markings – apparently with joy and gratitude at having found a new home .

But it’s not just Snickers that have been given a new lease of life, as the 46-year-old says her lucky cat found her while battling depression just a week after her mother Edna died of breast cancer.

Kelly, from Owensboro, Kentucky, USA said, “The way her face is structured and the way her mouth goes up makes it look like she’s grinning and smiling all the time.

“She’s fine – loves to play fetch and watch TV. I think she probably knows she was saved and is really happy.

“She’s living her best life. If you look at what I’ve posted of her on Instagram, she gets into these weird positions like she’s human.

“I’ve never positioned her, I just take a picture when she’s like that.

The rescue cat is so happy to have found its “furry” home that it keeps “smiling”.


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“She loves the camera and when she comes out she just stares at it and loves to look at herself. She is definitely a true amateur.”

But Snickers wasn’t always such a lucky cat, as she had a rough start in life, apparently fending for herself on her own.

Kelly said: “I had just lost my mother a week before and started running. I was in such a depressed state and that’s why I started this because I thought it would help me.

“I think this was only my second run and this little tiny kitty ran right in front of me.

“The corn stalks were high and it was a huge field so I have no idea where it came from or how it got there.

“It must have been so scary for them out there. She probably knew it was her chance to be rescued – she came out alone and she was very ill.

“She could hardly open her eyes, she was full of fleas and you could tell she had ear mites because she kept shaking her head.

“It was about two miles from home, so I picked her up and took her back to the house and gave her a bath, then took her to my local vet the next morning.”

After several vet visits, Snickers was sent to a specialist a two-hour drive away to get her health issues diagnosed.

Kelly said: “She sneezed the whole time and couldn’t meow – there was no sound.

Calico Snickers has such prominent facial markings that it seems like she’s constantly grinning


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“For weeks the vet tried to give her all sorts of medicines, but nothing helped, she didn’t get better.

“So after about four weeks, they sent me to a specialist in Louisville, Kentucky, about two hours away.

“They estimated she was about four or five months old and did a CAT scan on her.

“Then they discovered that she had large polyps behind her eyes and that it took her two major surgeries to remove them all.

“The operations were six weeks apart and were very expensive.

“She had the first operation and was fine, and then she survived the second operation but woke up blind.

“They said it was 50/50 if she would get her sight back.”

Although it was a lot of money, Kelly said she refused to give it up.

Kelly said: “Most people wouldn’t have spent the money I spent.

“They probably would have taken her to an animal shelter and put her down because she was so sick.

“The vet here was considering euthanizing her, but there was no way I would keep her – I wouldn’t give her up.

Snickers has such prominent facial markings that it seems like she’s constantly grinning that she’s built a loyal following on Instagram


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“Although she was a feral cat, she was very affectionate – she’s always crawling on me and licking my face.

“She was very sweet from the start, so I didn’t want to give her up.

“I got some life insurance money from my mom, so I used a lot of it on Snickers.

“I felt like my mother left me money to help her. She would have wanted me to use that money to do something good.”

“It took a huge chunk of my life savings, but you do what you have to do for another living thing and it’s just money.

Die-hard fans of American Short Hair have assumed her name derives from her caramel color, but it was owed to the circumstances under which Kelly found her.

Kelly said: “A lot of people think I called her Snickers because she’s the color of the candy bar.

“But the moment I found them right next to our feet was a Snickers bar wrapper that someone had thrown away. I just thought, ‘that’s it, that’s going to be her name’.

“I love her, and when other people find joy in her story, it means a lot to me.

“It was definitely destiny that we both got into each other’s lives – it could have been anyone that morning. It was meant to be and I think we both saved each other that day.”

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