For the most part, we like to imagine that our pets are the most beautiful animals in the entire world—especially our cats. With their unique personalities and cuddly natures, our cats seem to master “cuteness” in a way that other cats don’t. But one family in Russia thought about their beloved feline a little differently.
When the family adopted Simina as a kitten, she was an energetic little thing that could’ve easily been mistaken for a dust bunny. As she grew older, though, Simina’s appearance changed in a way that horrified nearly everyone who saw her…
In Russia, a high school girl named Dasha was getting ready to meet a new addition to her family. Her mother wanted a kitten, and she’d organized a meeting with someone who was trying to find families for a few felines. Right away, though, there was a disagreement…
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The cat caretaker had two cats up for grabs. Dasha liked one of the cuter kittens, but her mom preferred the other one—a scraggly little thing covered in patches of different-colored fur.
Dasha’s mom opted to bring home her cat of choice, which the family eventually named Simina and whom they dubbed a “funny and disheveled tangle of energy.” She was a scruffy-looking kitten, but still very cute. That is, until she started growing…
As Simina the cat grew older, she shed some hair in places she’d once had an abundance. The family, in a light-hearted sense, felt deceived. Their cat had grown out of her fuzziness and into something a little less, well… cute. And boy, was it bad!
Simina grew into such a strange-looking cat that Dasha’s guests often asked if she’d found the animal in Chernobyl. They were referring, of course, to the infamous city that was abandoned after a meltdown at the nuclear power plant of the same name in 1986.
But in all seriousness, did Simina really look so disastrous that guests in Dasha’s home genuinely mistook her for one of the mutated animals living on the site of a nuclear disaster? Well…
Over four years, Simina changed and changed, until fur only protruded in bunches from her underbelly like a bad woolen bedskirt. The rest of her coat was pretty much bald, save for a bit of peach fuzz.
Still, the family didn’t flinch at what their cat—a Sphynx, as it turned out, mixed with another breed of cat—had become. To them, and to many others, Simina was cute (if not a bit odd-looking). Still, she developed a few weird habits.
For one, Simina loved ice cream! Apparently, she didn’t mind the terrible stomachaches the dairy-based dessert was liable to give most felines; she, like a handful of other cats, couldn’t get enough of it. But that wasn’t even her strangest obsession…
Apparently, Simina also loved Hematogen, a Russian candy bar for children. With her excellent ears, she could hear someone unwrapping a bar on the other side of the apartment. Of course, once this happened, she’d run over for a bite!
On most nights, Dasha—now no longer a teenager—would sleep beside her warm, loving kitty, despite her odd looks. No one spent quite as much time with Simina as Dasha did—and for a good reason.
Simina at first didn’t get along so well with the men of the household. Whenever she saw Dasha’s younger brother, she hid, studying him and watching him. She only interacted with men after a great deal of caution.
Peculiar as Simina might have been, in a lot of ways, she was no different than your typical household tabby. She played with toys, was an avid cuddler, and of course, she ignored attempts to get her attention (unless you had a Hematogen)!
On top of that, Simina was dangerous in a way that only house cats could be. The family admitted she was cute and affectionate one moment, but in an instant, her mood would change and she’d lash out with sharp claws! All with a devious look on her face.
That said, caring for Simina did require a bit of additional work for the family. Dasha and her mother had to clean the cat twice per day and wipe gunk out of her eyes. Evidently, she was a dirty cat.
Because of all that dirt and gunk, people who didn’t know Simina constantly asked if the unique cat came from Chernobyl—or they’d call her something from a nightmare. Those comments never changed how Dasha and her family felt about their cat, though!
The family just loved their strange and quirky cat. They loved the way she hunted flies with ruthless abandon. They loved the way she hid in the closet and blended in with old clothes. And Dasha even had a message to fellow cat-lovers out there…
Dasha wanted the world to know that just because Simina didn’t have “a certain breed, a pedigree”—and let’s face it, she wasn’t exactly in the running for most beautiful cat—didn’t mean she was some kind of monster!
Dasha’s message continued, and she admitted that it didn’t matter what your cat looked like; you should love her like she’s the most beautiful on the planet. Because, rest assured, your little feline will look at you that way!
While Dasha probably wasn’t telling her friends she had the conventionally best-looking cat out there, at least she had plenty to say about the unique, loving sweetheart who loved to play and cuddle with her like only Simina could!
It doesn’t matter what her critics say: Simina the cat was seriously cute in more ways than one!
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