Terra Hall and her husband Ed Felix from Lima, both from Peru, came across a 3-month-old calico kitten stuffed in a little case with two other kitties at Parque Kennedy.
The tiny kitten was sickly and wasn’t able to move around.
“She’s the one I wanted. I knew no one else would probably take her because she would need medical care, which is quite expensive there.”
They immediately decided to adopt her and named her Chifa Chop Suey.
They then took her to be seen by a vet. She was still extremely weak but managed to climb on Ed’s shoulder.
Their dog, whose name is Junot, welcomed the new family member!
“Within the month, she transformed into a hyper, destructive, very sassy cat, while also being incredibly affectionate,” Terra stated.
Chifa began to recover quickly!
“We taught her how to play fetch and she loved spending hours watching people on the street from our sixth-floor apartment.”
Thankfully, this beautiful calico girl made a full recovery.
“When we moved back to the US two years ago, there was no question about her coming with us.”
“Chifa has the most personality of any cat I’ve ever had. I think part of that is because the first few months of her life were difficult. The other part is that I worked from home for the first year of her life, so she had endless attention,” Terra added.
“My husband, who swears he is totally, absolutely, definitely Not a cat person!”
“Her hair didn’t get really long until a year after we had her. I adore long haired cats, so it was a wonderful surprise.”
The couple brought home other kittens to foster, and Chifa took great care of them.
She was named Noodle!
“Now, there’s no doubt in her mind that we are her people. She still perches on us, often when we sleep. I guess she is a watchdog after all.”
Look at what a difference two years have made!
Photo credits: Terra Hall │ h/t: viralabout.com