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Fedya, the cat, always looks surprised, but it is how he has looked since he was a kitten. His wide-eyed look was always there, often with dilated pupils that made him look older and adorably strange. He purred loudly, his tongue often hung out, and he slept on his back or curled in a ball. In fact, he didn’t do much like a “regular cat” but became a huge star.

Fedya, surprised-looking cat

Images: Natalia Zhdanova via Instagram/fedja_kot

According to his human, Natalya Zhdanova of Russia, the internationally-beloved cat had a rough start in life. His appearance was a little scary at first, but she took in the furball and began caring for his unique needs. He has received regular veterinary care and gets ongoing treatment.

Sometimes, kittens are born with hydrocephalus and may require ongoing treatments from a specialist to survive. They sometimes have unusually large eyes, but it’s unclear if this applies to Fedya. Regardless, he has always enjoyed a loving home and life.

“Now he is much healthier,” Zhdanova told SWNS. “He is a very sweet, gentle, playful and intelligent cat. He purrs very loudly.”

Natalya Zhdanova of Russia

Natalya Zhdanova with Fedya

According to Fedya’s popular Instagram account, the mother cat was inexperienced, and they suspect she dropped the kitten when climbing high fences. She also had unusually large eyes, earning the name “Dish-Eyed,” as translated to English. But she was a loving mother nonetheless.

“Fedya was born from a lost alien cat, with eyes like a saucer,” Zhdanova explained. (Translation via Instagram)

After the kitten’s mother unexpectedly passed away, Zhdanova took in the kittens.

Fedya's mother and sister

Along with unusual eyes, little Fedya also had difficulty with coordination, although his sister was fairing much better.  Later, the little girl went to another forever home, earned the name Elsa, and became a “beautiful graceful cat” resembling her mother.

grey kitten

From an early age, Fedya loved jumping like a fluffy “spider cat” against walls or in the bathtub. At first, they worried the “little fluffy lump” would hurt himself, but he was ok. Although he loves to jump, he’s not great at climbing; even climbing chairs is a challenge. But he perseveres nonetheless.

“Fedya sincerely believes that any door opens by jumping,” Zhdanova said of his jumping obsession.

Over time, he gradually learned how to climb stairs but often contorts his body in unusual “liquid cat” positions.

Fedya, big grey cat with surprised look

Fedya Meets ‘Handsome’ the Neighbor’s Cat

A week after the kittens lost their mother, the neighbor’s cat, Handsome, unexpectedly bonded with Fedya. It seemed like it was meant to be.

“They just chose us themselves and fit in like the missing pieces of the puzzle,” she said.

Handsome cuddles adopted kitten

The 5-month-old cat seemed to sense what the kitten needed and began bathing him as his mother would have. Perhaps it was because Handsome missed his brother, who had recently passed away, Zhdanova suspected. Handsome closely supervised Fedya’s every move, learning “the happiness of motherhood” for himself. The two are often seen cuddling and behaving much like a mother and her kitten would.

“If they eat together – Handsome waits while the baby eats. Every spare minute is spent washing the small ‘dirty’ cat,” she wrote.

As Fedya grew, his big brother taught him the ropes, showing him how to play fight.

The video above via Instagram/fedja_kot

Fedya Becomes an International Star

By spring 2021, Fedya had developed a large social media following, which would soon explode. His story was featured in local and international news. It was all surprising and unreal, Zhdanova said. But it was also a fun experience as they received an outpouring of love.

“This avalanche of love, affection, joy is a feeling that is incomparable!” she said.

At their first video shooting, Handsome was protective of Fedya.

“How it was our first shooting, I’m sure they will be memorable. Look How Handsome looks at the cameraman in the first photo! As if he protects his kitten from strangers and is always ready to fight😄. In fact, he behaved friendly, caressed, and probably left a couple of woolies for our guest.”

Natalya Zhdanova of Russia with Fedya and Handsome at first filming

Meanwhile, TikTok videos of Fedya were exploding in views, with the one below reaching a million. While his appearance is unexpected, he also has a story to tell about loving cats with special needs. Caring for Fedya has ultimately changed everything for his family in the best way possible.

“You can watch this cat forever,” Zhdanova said. “Whatever he does: eat like a pig, stomping his paws in the bowl, sleeping, falling apart or curling up, playing clumsy or catching up with my feet. And the cutest thing is mutual licking with the Handsome – it is simply impossible to miss! I can’t take my eyes off this fur baby two days since he arrived.”

two kitty friends

And he always has a best friend to cuddle with.

“He is inseparable with Handsome,” Zhdanova says. “They are the best of friends.”

Today, on Instagram, Fedya has gained more than 87.6K followers. Meanwhile, this unique kitty has over 446.1K followers on TikTok. Zhdanova says the reaction to Fedya on social media has been a nice surprise, but the thing she loves the most about her sweet cat is his “kindness and spontaneity.” 

Note: The video below has surprising sounds.

If you’d like to see more cute photos of Fedya, you can follow him on Instagram and TikTok.

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