Is Quasi the World’s Cutest Ugly Cat?


Internet sensations such as Lil Bub prove that different can be adorable, and another feline who demonstrates that all cats are beautiful is Quasi from My Ugly Kitty.

Renee adopted Quasi from a shelter in 2005. Although no one is sure what caused the cat’s unusual look, Quasi herself writes, “The general theory is that I have a cleft lip that never got corrected and connects to my eye. I can see fine out of one, but not so much out of the other. I also have a difficult time smelling since I have some sinus issues. My hearing, though, is excellent ÔÇô- I can hear a crinkly wrapper from two floors up!”

In 2006, the pair started My Ugly Kitty (“Ugly never looked so good!”), where Renee sells Quasi prints, along with other non-cat-related crafty creations. Shortly after opening the Etsy shop, Renee decided to start the Original Ugly Kitty Fund to help raise money for shelter cats in need.

Donors who contribute $1, $5, or $10 receive a special Ugly Kitty button and thank-you note from Quasi. Unfortunately, the shelter that rescued Quasi has since closed, so Renee now donates the money she raises to Cats R Us adoption center in Annapolis, MD, where she more recently adopted her three-legged cat, ILean. Since 2006, the Ugly Kitty fund has raised an impressive $4,000 for charity, and goes to show how one far-from-ugly cat can inspire a wealth of kindness in others.

Stop by My Ugly Kitty to learn more about Renee and Quasi, and to find out how you can make a donation to their very worthy cause.

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