“Ugly.” “Gross.” “What the hell is that?” These are the first things people tend to say when they meet Possum, an unusual-looking cat with gray fur, bald patches and a rat-like tail. Either that, or they ask if Possum has mange, or if she’s a burn victim.
But to Stephanie (who preferred not to give her last name), Possum is perfect. In fact, Stephanie thinks she’s the most beautiful cat in the world.
Everyone figured that Possum had the recessive genes of a , but they weren’t entirely sure.
Possum’s brothers and sisters were adopted into loving homes, but no one wanted Possum. Stephanie’s co-worker planned to take her to the local shelter, which was known for its high kill rate.
“I felt and still feel like she would have been euthanized if she went there,” Stephanie told The Dodo. “I live in the South and a lot of people in this area don’t view cats as pets. I’ve heard a lot of stories about people using them as target practice. I’ve known some pretty horrible people who will speed up if they see a cat in the street. A lot of people in this area won’t or can’t afford to spay or neuter so we have a huge feral problem. With her looking the way she does, I just didn’t feel like her chance of getting adopted was good.”
At the time, Stephanie already had two cats, and she couldn’t really afford another. But Stephanie fell madly in love with Possum’s thin gray fur and wrinkly, potato-scented skin. She knew she had to save her.
Stephanie’s other cats weren’t too sure about Possum – they bullied her a bit. But Stephanie showered Possum with love …
“Possum’s so incredibly friendly,” said Stephanie. “The first time I took her to her vet to get her vaccinations she purred through the shots. Purred through the temperature probe and all the tests. She kept trying to climb onto the tech’s shoulder instead of trying to get away. I love her sweet personality. I’ve only heard her hiss once and that was after a bull mastiff stuck his head right in front of her carrier. She’s never swiped at me, no matter how much I annoy her with embarrassing sweaters.”