At first glance, Pixel the smiling cat looks like your ordinary Cornish Rex, but take a second look and you’ll soon notice his strikingly sparkly and goofy grin which is winning him fans around the world.
Almost three-years-old, Pixel has the same unusual appearance and quirky personality that the Cornish Rex is famed for, but alongside all his lovable characteristics, it’s his toothy grin that’s making him standout from the crowd.
“He was around a year old when I noticed that he seemed to be more expressive than my other cats,” says Pixel’s owner Alyson Kalhagen. “He always made funny faces when I would try to dangle toys and things to get photos of him, so after a bit I figured I may as well start taking pics of his funny smile.”
It wasn’t long before Pixel and his sister Sophie became Instagram (opens in new tab) stars, with the duo already boasting a cool 56,000 followers. Pixel, who will happily say cheese when Kalhagen asks him to, loves posing in a range of cute and colorful outfits and has a particular fondness for wearing feline sunglasses.
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While Kalhagen says most of the feedback she receives about Pixel is overwhelmingly positive, she admits some people aren’t so keen on the little Cornish Rex. “Some people do say that they find him a bit scary or creepy, some even say he’s so ugly he’s cute,” she explains.
But while he may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Pixel is proving to be a role model when it comes to spreading a message of the importance of embracing our uniqueness. And one thing’s for certain, those who love him get a daily dose of joy when they see his latest photo pop up on their feed.
“It makes my day to be able to share his happy face with so many, and I hope that we are able to bring those who see him a smile of their own,” says Kalhagen.
Kathryn is a freelance writer who has spent the past two years dividing her writing time between her two great loves - pets and health and wellness. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with one very mischievous Cocker Spaniel, drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and attempting to set numerous world records for the longest ever FaceTime calls with her family back home in NZ.
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