Fedya the Cat’s Permanently Startled Expression is All of Us Checking the News Each Morning

Close up of a gray cat with a scared expression

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Meet Fedya, a Russian cat who is captivating the Internet with what we would call his calm, alarmed face.

According to our sister site People, the permanently frightened cat was actually found as a sickly stray in Natalie Zhdanova’s backyard. Zhdanova noticed that Fedya’s eyes were out of alignment and he was having difficulty moving his back legs. She and her other cat, Handsome, helped nurse him back to health from the brink of death.

Now, one year old Fedya, who looks like a Russian blue cat, and buddy Handsome are best friends, and he’s grown into a healthy, playful cat who loves living with his new family. His expression – narrow eyes and wide cheeks – is still a mystery, though Zhdanova tells SWNS that it could be due to a genetic deformity or that he could have sustained an injury as a little kitten.

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Regardless, Fedya’s adorable face looks like he saw, heard or felt something shocking. Just check out his Instagram and TikTok accounts. What could be so alarming? Well, we have a couple of ideas.

  • When someone pours milk into the bowl before their cereal

  • If someone offers the contrary attitude, Ted Lasso is actually not that good

  • When Patrick Mahomes does amazing things on a soccer field

  • If you find that the food you have ordered is too spicy

  • If the indigestion begins shortly after eating the spicy food

All jokes aside, we are very excited that Fedya is enjoying life with his new family.