The little kitty struggled to feed and the breeder thought no-one would buy it.
But when animal-loving nurse Megan Boehm saw little Cricket, she fell in love with him. Three years on the quirky cat has a loving home and over 18,000 Instagram followers.
Megan explained that she’s known among her friendsғor вeιng crazy aвoυт anιмalѕ, so when a friend of her mum’s picked up a puppy from the breeder and heard about Cricket, there was only one person they were going to call.
She said that the breeder told her mum’s friend that she had a kitten that was born with a cleft lip, crooked jaw, and one eye, and announced she was planning on killing it because it “wasn’t going to sell.”
Megan continued: “I fell in love the second I saw him. He was ѕo тιny and ѕo cυrιoυѕ about this new world around him. When we got him, he was just skin and bones.”
After some TLC and love from Megan and her family, Cricket managed to gain weight and learn to trust his new owners, developing into a healthy and happy cat.
However, due to his cleft lip and crooked jaw, Cricket is on a diet that consists mostly of soft food.
“When he eats, the food tends to fall out of his mouth and it takes him longer than the average cat to eat a meal, but he does just fine,” Megan explained.
And despite only having one eye, Cricket doesn’t let it slow him down, as Megan explains, “Sometimes he runs crooked but he can sneak attack like any other kitty! Hide and seek is his absolute favourite game to play with me.”
Megan said she launched an Instagram page for Cricket in an effort to “help spread awareness for shelter pets and for special needs animals.”
“The shelters are full and maxed out of funds. When you adopt from a shelter, you save two lives, the one you take home and the animal that gets to take its place in the shelter. Every cat and dog deserve to be with a loving family and home.”
And Cricket has proved to be very popular, amassing a whopping 117k followers thanks to his adorable snaps, which Megan says she finds, “very heart-warming,”
“They message me saying they connect with Cricket and thank me for sharing his story with everyone. I have had others message me saying that Cricket makes them happy and they look forward to Crickets post everyday. Those messages are what keep me going,” the animal-lover explained.
Megan admits that she “didn’t know a lot about special needs animals before Cricket,” and credits him for “opening my eyes to a whole different world that deserves more attention.”
She added: “I have taken care of animals my whole life but I never knew what a different form of love a special needs cat could bring,” she said.