Something about an underbite smile gets us every time, and that’s exactly the case with megawatt underbite-smile star Fangsy.
The Himalayan cat’s upside-down-fangs face has graced his Facebook page since his adoption in 2012. He lives with Jennifer Frye, a social media coordinator in Dallas, Texas, to whom we are eternally grateful because she shares lots and lots of photos of Fangsy’s fluffy face.
“When I saw Fangsy’s picture, I was — as you can imagine — intrigued,” Frye told Petcha.com when we asked what caught her eye. “That face! I mean, honestly.”
That’s a lot coming from Frye, who has seen many cat faces. In addition to having another rescue Himalayan, Bean, she has volunteered with cats at Collin County Animal Services in McKinney, Texas.
It was one fateful day in 2012 that she talked to a fellow volunteer about a cat whose online adoption picture struck her.
“One of the other girls — coincidentally — was fostering Fangsy at the time,” Frye said. “She told me to just ‘take him home for a few days’ to see if I liked him. I protested, as Bean wasn’t fond of other cats, but eventually I gave in. And the rest is history.”
Frye thinks Fangsy must have been about 3 to 4 months when she adopted him. In the four years she’s had him, Fangsy has kept her days lively.
“That little face was what drew me in. But he has a look about him. Something in his eyes. I call him a butthole at least three times a day, because he is. But he’s such a lovable one,” she said.
“He’s a serious cuddlebug with me (not as much with my husband, to whom he refers as MR. DADDY),” she added. “He’s also very vocal and loves to initiate play with Bean. Bean, for her part (she’s 13) is wildly unamused and is constantly hissing at him to leave her alone. Fangsy is very mischievous and such a spaz.”
When Fangsy gets out and about, he attracts attention, too. During grooming sessions at cat superstore The Cat Connection, he’s friendly with other cats and even has a bit of a romantic life with one: Coco Puff.
“Coco Puff is his fiancee! They finally met when they were both at The Cat Connection to be groomed,” Frye said. “The owners of the place are well-acquainted with Fangsy and follow him on Facebook, so they documented their meet and greet. Thankfully, Fangsy didn’t try to whomp (his signature word) on her, which surprised me.”
According to Frye, Coco Puff is also a North Texas Cat Rescue baby.
“She’s darling,” she said. “Fangsy is quite smitten.”
Fangsy must really like Coco because apparently he “whomps” on other cats and his humans quite a bit.
“Fangsy loves other cats and frequently wants to interact with them by wrestling. He whomps on Bean daily. He also whomps on my husband and me, for any number of things: not petting him long enough, petting him too long, walking by without proper acknowledgment, you name it.”
Jennifer decided to start a social profile for Fangsy because of his colorful personality. She said it was easy because his personality naturally lends itself to that.
“He’s funny and he makes me laugh every day,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”
The just-for-fun Facebook page, which has more than 5,300 fans, garners attention — even a bit of fame — for Fangsy. It also brings a positive light into many people’s days.
“Sometime this spring, he’s going to be featured on one of the Cats vs. Dogs Texas Lotto Scratch-Off tickets,” Frye said. “I entered him into a contest, and his Facebook fans voted him in, and he won! So that’s pretty hysterical.
“I’m actually quite touched by how much people love Fangsy,” she added. “He’s gotten gifts from as far away as England, and one lady even knitted him his own blanket! I try to keep his page lighthearted and funny so that people find him uplifting and a positive, funny presence.”
We second all of that. Keep smiling, Fangsy.