September 5, 2009
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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Ben -
Beautiful! What a cutie.
Kayli -
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Awwww, she is adorable! I've met a one-eyed kitty before. Iris looks like she is a friendly, active kitty!
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She and Julian look made for each other. What a cute pair!

And what an adorable name for a one-eyed girl: Iris.
Mary in Mass -
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This picture breaks my heart. I'm so glad she found a loving home; poor girl has been thru enough!
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Hello Beautiful little Iris! She's a cutie face and you're lucky to have each other.
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Iris is such a sweetie. Wonderful that she has a nice home now.
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My Heart just breaks to see her with just one eye but she's alive and happy and that is what counts, your good parents to her too. She is just so precious. Some People would not even consider taking her your special like she is.. beautiful
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She is so adorable. It's sad that she's been through so much in her short life, but she's quite the charmer and a survivor.
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Oooh! I love when kitties take to each other so well. They look very happy together.

I'm so glad you were able to give her a loving home. She's an adorable little girl.
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Aww! She looks just like my old cat Nellie, who weirdly enough went through almost the exact same thing when we found her! Altho my Mum found her after a car accident Nellie had been in (we assume, as she was laying by the roadside), took her to the vets, she pulled through but Mum couldn't bare to leave her there so she surprised my Dad with a new family member when she returned! :) Gave us many, many years of motorboat-purring affection for it too.
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What a beautiful little girl!
Bender -
Awwww! Isn't she adorable?
emma -
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what a heart-wrenching story and what a wonderful outcome for Iris. Now she no longer has to be alone thanks to you.
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You are incredibly kind to take in this utterly beautiful kitty even despite it's medical issues. So glad it has a good home and obviously a comforting friend.
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She stole my heart. She's beautiful and I am so glad to hear how happy and well cared for she is! I love her!
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Every day, the Daily Kitten makes me happy. This story, especially so. Thank you for giving this darling little girl a good home.
Crystal -
This made me shed a few tears. She is gorgeous and you have clearly made this baby so happy. She doesn't deserve anything less!
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KITT-y!
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Having to pick best pic is so frustrating.
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This one looks like a little kid trying to play hide&seek, but can't keep both eyes shut while counting.
She's a pretty girl. I'm so glad the shelter could help her be healthy and happy. Purr well, little Iris and enjoy your new home. Tummy tickles from TX.
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Such a great story, and what a lucky little girl to have such caring and wonderful human mommy and daddy in her life! She is a cutie!
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What a sweetie! I love the tummy rub photo.
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What a sweet baby!
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i just love Iris! She looks like a sweetheart, and so playful! I have a special place in my heart for one eyed kitties because we have one also. God bless you for giving her such a wonderful home.
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So glad she found you and Julian!
Sambo's Mom -
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I read all the comments and it's hard to think of what to add to this except that I feel all of the above and Iris is one lucky kitty to have people like you two in her life, Wish there was more caring people like you and I'm sure that Iris is rewarding you with lots of LOVE.God Bless you two.....
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Redonk! :) Love her!!
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Awwww, she looks like she's winking, like she has a BIG secret! What a precious little girl :)
KarenS -
... and this one is just precious :) So sweet. Thanks for sharing them with all of us.
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Such a heartwarming story! Iris is a real doll and so lucky to have you as her furrever parents. May you have many joyous years together!
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She is absolutely precious!
Melissa -
Too precious. I'm so glad she found a loving home.
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Your story made my morning!!
Kristen -
I have a cat that looks just like her but has only 1 ear :) She looks like an apostraphe when her head pokes out to say hello.
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She is so beautiful! I can see why you chose such an adorable kitten
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She looks truely content here. She is soooo pretty!
nmaltn -
She's very fortunate to be part of your family. We've had a one-eyed black cat for 15 years. It's never slowed him down.
archie -
u did a great thing Rose! beautiful kitty !!
Sarah -
She is so beautiful. You are good people.
Sarah -
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This is too cute
Chris -
Awwww..... What a great story! And what sweet photos to go along with it!
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Iris is my middle name, and this sweetheart tugs at my heart strings. She is so beautiful! How well the two are with one another, & she diserves this happy ending. Bless you for taking her in.
Mia -
i love you guys for adopting her!
Dena -
I hate seeing her with one eye but I'm so happy she's healthy and has a loving owner that took her in!
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My own child was born with special needs. So I have learned not to have a pity party, over what is weak. Iris is a beautiful kitty;and it's easy to see, she has wonderful loving home. You learn to make lemonade; and that's what you have done. God Bless you and your sweet kitty.
Aine -
Rose, you and "Julian" have given this lovely kitten a new lease on life. I wish your two cats many happy and healthy years of love and fun! God bless all of you.
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kind of special to have a cat who is always giving you 'that wink'--you know--the one that says " yup--you and me, baby!"
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Iris is a beauty! And it sounds like she has the personality to match! It is wonderful that you recognized that beauty despite her handicap and have given her the purrfect home. May God bless you and your family and your sweet Iris and Julian.
chelsea -
i cried over this story.
not gonna lie.
she's beautiful no matter how many eyes she's got.
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Look at dem silky little paws! This kitten is adorable!
katherine -
Awwww Iris is a real sweetheart! Its good to know there are still good people out there that will pick the "odd" one out of the bunch and give it the love and care it deserves. Iris is going to live a good long life thanks to your kind hearts! ^_^
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cutey!!!
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Oh, she is gorgeous! Thank you so much for loving her! In the past week, she is the fourth kitteh I have heard of missing an eye/eyes, and I am so happy for the people that love them!
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Ohhh, I just want to kiss that cute lil belly!
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absolutely adorable I LOVE HER!!! it makes me so sad that she waas ever on the streets and had a hurt eye :(. Im so glad you have her now!! shes sooooooo cute
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awwwwwwwww
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i have a one eye cat also, they ajust just fine.
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I am so happy she has friends to lean on.
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she's beautiful! i'm so glad you took care of her.
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Like my Rio who was also a rescue cat I think she has Havana genes. The dark brown and orange eyes are typical, She is lovely and special.
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Beautiful girl! I love this site - it restores some of my faith in humanity every day!
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Awwwwww, Iris melted my heart. Bless you for being a great furr-person.
Linda -
I'm not sure who I'm more in love with, Iris, or you and your boyfriend for adopting her!!!!
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THAT right there is what it's totally all about. How lovely!
Leafy -
She is so beautiful... She and her story just melted my heart! I'm glad she has a good home now and that she is happy and healthy!
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Iris is so beautiful. Thank you for giving her a forever home.
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This was on my computer monitor. My cat came up to the screen and sniffed at this kitty and tried to say hi.
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Thanks for all the wonderful comments, everyone!

Iris is still doing wonderfully, and I'll try to keep her Daily Kitten fame from going to her head!

-Iris's mom Rose
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Bless this little Angel. She really is very beautiful indeed.
Shell -
My family had a one-eyed black cat when I was growing up. I had wanted a cat for ages and one day my mom was on the phone (later I found out it was with my aunt who worked with the humane society) and she asked me "what do you call a black cat with one eye?" I thought it was a riddle and answered "pirate." The next day, Pirate was a part of our family!
Congratulations on your adoption, she's a beautiful kitty!
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julian is a beautiful kitty too by the way & I like both of their names
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Aw your story brought tears to my eyes! That's a really brave kitty. I would be proud to be her mommy! I'm happy she found a good home with you.
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Iris's photos brought a smile to my face! Love the photo of her with Julian - so cozy!
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A truly beautiful and special cat! Luckily she found a home with someone who can overlook her minor defect and enjoy her for the loving animal she is. Thank God for people like you!
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I love to hear of good news stories like this - Iris may not have had the best of starts in life but it's obvious she is dearly loved and was meant to be part of your family. I may be 'one-eyed' here (pun intended!) but I think she's gorgeous!
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I have a purr-girl named Lili who looks so much like your Iris, and of all three of my purr-girls Lili is my little sweetiepie lap cat. One or two eyes, love is love, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Thnx. for sharing Iris with us.
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Thank you for taking her in, I teared up reading her story. She is absolutely beautiful, and such beautiful markings (especially her belly).
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What a cutie and a sweetie! She is definately a trooper with a fantastic attitude and tons of heart...You are sooooo going to enjoy her! Love it!
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poor baby :( but you have to love her any way :)
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I agree, Havana genes. What an absolute doll. That beautiful face and perpetual wink make her look like a little Japanese cartoon character. She is obviously one happy, happy cat now. :)
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I knew a one eye'd cat once, he was such a wonderful little boy. Eventually he lost the other eye and was still a great cat, happy and playful. It was a little hard to tell when he was awake sometimes though.
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What a purfectly content little kitty smile. True happiness.
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omg shes beautiful, even with a pirate eye!
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Arrug...she's is SO cute!
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what an adorable sweetheart!!!
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She's so cute :)
I'm happy she found a good home and to see she's healthy. She reminds me of one of my cats :)
I almost cried reading the story! I wish you all long years of happiness together :)
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What a beautiful baby! I'm sorry she lost her eye! Dempsey had an eye infection, too, but luckily his eye was saved. It just looks scarred and different from his good one.
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Congratulations for the addoption...
she's so happy and beautiful!
God bless her
kisses
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It just goes to show we shold keep an eye out for cats like this.
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Even with one eye missing her 'real' beauty shines through and she is totally gorgeous. A lesson for us big ones maybe?
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Super cute and adorable kitty :) looks like she's giving a sly wink all the time. I think that makes her even more cute.
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I wish for her a looooong,happy, and fun life
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Awww it looks like she is always winking!
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Love a story with a happy ending. And this picture: they are just adorable
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what a beautiful cat! a great story too; super wonderful.
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She is just such a beautiful little girl! and cute too! I'm tempted to make a LOL of that one on the chair saying "Yar! Iz a pirate!"



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