February 16, 2010
Kim says: I’d actually never intended to own a cat, but saw her crawling along the side of the road and shrieking in the rain and picked her up without thinking. Then got back to my apartment and panicked; I had no idea what to do with a kitten. Luckily she ate some solid food and didn’t seem to be injured (although fairly traumatised). I bought some expensive flea remedy at the vet and knocked up a Web site hoping to find someone to adopt her with cute photos. I found a potential adopter within a couple of weeks, but by then of course it was too late -- I couldn’t let her go! Fortunately my stay in Shanghai, which had been scheduled to end a few weeks after I found her, has been extended indefinitely. Utopia and I will be here together for the foreseeable future.

Since then the Web site has gone viral and I get fairly regular e-mails about her. Most people seem to assume she was abandoned by someone, but I expect she never had a home and somehow became separated from her mother (not that there were any obvious candidates in sight). There are lots of strays in Shanghai; you often see them being fed by elderly Chinese women.

These days Utopia busies herself with making sure all my possessions are on the floor where they can be comfortably chewed.

All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Kim Laughton
Kim is a professional artist and owner of Kim Laughton Photography in Shanghai; please visit his Web site to see more of his amazing work

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Jin -
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WOW!!! I can see why she stole your heart!!
zuli -
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OMG those freckles! What a beauty!
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SQWEEEEEEE! She's adorable!!
Wayne -
Thank goodness you came along for this precious baby. She will give you a lifetime of joy and love.
Vito Raliffe -
Thank you rescuing this wonderful kitty! Glad she has a happy home now.
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Oh my goodness, that poor little baby! I'm glad you found her! :D
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How could you resist such a waif? Crying for help, she made sure she found a good caregiver! I'd find it hard to let her go too! And that tail - it is GORGEOUS! And those big eyes - love at first sight!
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Oh my God! I am so glad you spotted her, she's PERFECT!
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Laura -
I'm so glad she stays with you... she is so adorable! <3
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One of the lucky ones...
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She's a little angel baby! How lucky for both of you that you happened along when you did.
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Peekaboo!

She is precious. Kitties are so wonderful. Take her with you, wherever you go :)
wokkawokka -
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Those giant eyes! I can't stop looking at her, I want her for myself!
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poor little baby. So glad she has a good home with you.
mma -
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mma
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I love Utopia's story; thank you, thank you for your kind heart. She's impossible to resist.
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She's adorable with her brown and black tail!
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OMG what a precious little babyboo she is, I love the tail, the tail is spectacular.

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What a cutie!
GG -
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I love to hear stories like this! what a great story! :) You saved little Utopia's life and in return she gave you the love you never knew you could have from such a small creature :)
Morgan -
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you knowm her markings almost look like chinese calligraphy! Perhaps it's the lighting in this shot, but it looks like that to me.
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She is absolutely adorable. She has the most wonderful little face and such unusual and beautiful colouring. How lucky she is that you found her and I can see how she stole your heart.
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I love the spot on the back of her head. Perfect target for kisses! What a sweetie!
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Dear Kim--She's just beautiful. Her eyes look into your heart. You didn't stand a chance! Best wishes on much happiness together. The photos are winning.
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You want me to eat what!!!
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Utopia has a really cool name, a really cool human and a most important life now. I would not be able to give her up, either. Your big heart will be rewarded tenfold!!
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She's positivley adorable! It seems like you've made her a healthy happy kitten =)
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She looks so much like my kitty "Buttons". A friend of my parents gave her to me when I was three, so I don't remember what she looked like as a kitten. Your photos brought back wonderful memories of my "sister" who was with me until I was almost 17. Cute photos, great story and I'm glad you kept her. May you give each other as much joy as Buttons and I gave each other.
Judymack -
I foster kittens and all I can say is God Bless you for taking in this little pitiful waif and saving her life! She is very beautiful and unusual in her markings. If I had fostered her I might have had to keep her!
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Where is Dee from Tampa, and Instinct, and all the other old guys? Hi newbies, when is breakfast?
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I love her tail!
Kirsten -
What a cutie! FYI if you're from the U.S. and end up moving back, it's actually not that difficult to import pets. I adopted two stray kittens while living in Japan and was able to bring them back with me after jumping through just a few administrative hoops. Since we have rabies, etc here there's no quarantine period (as long as you aren't moving to Hawaii).
Cris -
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She's one lucky kitty to have crawled into your path. Take good care of her and she'll give you much love in return. She's a cutie, and I love that tail!!
navekitty -
Love her little 'kissy' lips!
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Utopia finally looks relaxed and at home, after the heartbreaking start to her journey to you Kim.
She is so beautiful. Thank you for making her a keeper.
brookepenn -
Thanks for saving her~ she's beautiful:)
catiam -
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I wouldn't be able to give her up either. she is precious.
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What an adorable baby! Same thing happened to me when I rescued 2 feral kittens last Spring. Thought I would find homes for them - they captured my heart! Cats have a funny way of doing that =)
Shane -
it took me 2 seconds for my heart to me stolen too.
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Peek a boo. What a cute photo. Glad she found a happy home.
Peggy Robey -
I am so glad you saved her life,which is exactly what you did for her.She is beautiful and I hope you two have many years together.
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She is simply gorgeous, and YOU are an angel! Bless you both!
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Such a pretty kitten! You're so wonderful for taking her in and caring for her, she'll make such a wonderful impact on your life. She knows you saved her.
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Bless you for rescuing this sweet baby. Happy cat!
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Ohh, poor thing. Definitely had a rough start at life. You're an angel to take her in and give her some love (and who wouldn't??)

Interesting coloring. I bet at first you thought she just had a dirty face. :-D
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you don't choose a cat: a cat chooses you
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Wow! those first pictures are ??
well it's a wonder you took her in
but she sure turned out to be a Beauty, look at that little red top, she wears a hat at all times like a real little lady.
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What a beautiful kitten! I love calico cats!
callieisspooky -
She's a lucky cat - 4 white legs! According to the Chinese.
sara -
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they are cute
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my cat has ran away her name is kitty and she is very sweet she isnt to fond of men though
to see a pic come to my profile and check her out i appreaceate youre time
sorry im not a good speller
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Utopia is cute. I hope you and her will be together forever.
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She is so stately and lovely! How dare she be left on the side of the road! I'm so glad you rescued her!!!
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wonderful! greetings from Holland
JennyDeOx -
What a beautiful little soul. There is both gratuity and profound sadness in her eyes. What a beautiful story.
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Suzanne Major -
Thanks for saving Utopia's life. What a beautiful cat.
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Glad I read the original story here. She is wonderful, as are you for rescuing her! I like her new pics from 2012.
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=^.^=***** I came here 'to see these first photos of small Utopia!
She 'a Nice little Tresaure!!!!!!!!
Thanks for saving her,and love her forever,and she 'Deliciously Sweet!
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and this begins the lifetime love affair with boxes
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