Monday, August 15, 2011

Show us your . . . ugly pet

Posted By on 08.15.11 at 10:22 AM

Each week we ask you to show us something. This week it's Christina Jimenez's UGLY PET. Got something to show us? showus@chicagoreader.com

click to enlarge ANDREA BAUER

In late 2007, Christina Jimenez visited the Humane Society in Lawrence, Kansas, out of curiosity. She had tracked down a particularly bizarre-looking cat on petfinder.com, and against the advice of her family and friends, brought her home.

"It's not like she's in pain or anything," says Jimenez. "Sometimes it's necessary to explain that to people."

Jimenez takes great pride in Ambrosia's "ugliness," and rightfully so. Aside from donning a tattooed portrait of the Himalayan on her arm, she also has the honor of trumpeting Ambrosia as the 18th-ugliest cat on the Web, as judged by buzzfeed.com.

"I had no idea that even happened," Jimenez explained in reference to Buzzfeed's list of the "Web's 20 Ugliest Cats." "A friend alerted me to it after the fact. Someone must have found a photo on my Flickr account and sent it in."

So how did Ambrosia develop her glowing, sunny visage? "I'm presuming it's because cats like that often come from extensive breeding, so breeders just constantly inbreed them," Jimenez told me. "Someone probably paid a lot for a kitten, and when she grew up a little, they decided they didn't want her." The wealthy will just never learn to appreciate inner beauty over cosmetic, will they?

Makes sure to check out Jimenez's homage to Ambrosia, complete with a bunch more photos, at ambrosiacat.tumblr.com.

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