March 20, 2017
Rose says: Iris came into my life about a month ago. My boyfriend and I went to the city shelter to adopt a friend for our five year-old cat, Julian. We looked at dozens of cats and kittens, but it only took a few seconds for us to realize Iris was the one. When we met our little girl, she'd just come in off the streets of New York City with a horrific eye infection. Her eye was so swollen and infected she couldn't even close the lid around it. At almost 12 weeks, she weighed just over a pound, so even though the eye had to come out, the shelter was scared to put such a tiny baby under anesthesia to do the surgery. Despite her awful infection, Iris was the happiest little cat we'd seen all day! She was running around and playing like nothing was wrong. Luckily, Iris was able to get her eye removed not long after we met her, and we took her home that same night. Unfortunately, the shelter vet had never done an eye removal before, and he took out a little too much skin, leaving her with a slightly exposed tooth which you can see in the photos. (She's so cute though that it doesn't matter! We like to think it makes her look like a little pirate.) We were worried the poor thing would be in pain and frightened after undergoing major surgery and moving to a new home in the same day, but she pranced right out of the carrier and was ready to play with all her new toys, cuddle with us, and most of all EAT! She's become a wonderful addition to our family and couldn't get along better with Julian. She loves to curl up on the fuzziest blanket in our house and purr like an engine!
All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Rose Emanuela Briccetti
View Rose's photography and painting at her Web site
See more of Iris at her Kitten Klub page

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She is just beautiful, so happy you found her. <3
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She is lovely, wishing her and her family many happy years together
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Beautiful girl being her beautiful kitty self!!! So glad she has a wonderful home with you!!!
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What a wonderful story!!! Thank you for loving her. She sounds like she will be a wonderful, long addition to the family!!!! XO
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God bless you for seeing past her little disability and loving her anyway. All my pets have been picked because they had a disability ranging from a lost eye to leg amputation. I think they make the best most loving pets.
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Like a sweet little pirate! And to #judymack, knew you were special always. Iris shows us how to enjoy life no matter what.
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Iris has a beautiful, sweet face. I am in awe how animals are so very brave and bear their medical issues with great strength and acceptance, never letting their problems get-in-the-way of enjoying life. I love Iris very much. xo Thank you and your boyfriend with having good caring hearts. Blessings!
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Iris has a beautiful, sweet face. I am in awe how animals are so very brave and bear their medical issues with great strength and acceptance, never letting their problems get-in-the-way of enjoying life. I love Iris very much. xo Thank you and your boyfriend with having good caring hearts. Blessings!
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What a pretty little black on black tabby cat! TigerPJ, you are right, pets are amazing how they smile in the face of terrible pain. Little kids are like that, too. I have seen small children have PE tubes or T&As and an hour later they are running up and down the halls and excited about everything they see. Pets and small children, amazing creatures!
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I meant to comment on this picture where you can see the black on black tiger stripes but somehow..... This picture is adorable!
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Her little white belly looks just like my Pookie's. She is absolutely gorgeous and her personality shines through.
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lovely little belly. thanks for saving this special needs kitty
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Looks like Julian and Iris are buds; very cute!



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