Love can be life-changing for everyone. And for rescued animals, this is literally what happens. When given a new forever loving home, neglected cats blossom.

As they discover affection, care, and friendship, time flies. And guess what? The transformations are so powerful you can see them with the naked eye! And some of these kittens are now a bunch of beautiful indoor tigers. Bored Panda has compiled a list of the most heartwarming kittens on their adoption day vs now that show the night-and-day difference a rescue can make. To all the Pandas out there, share your feline adoption stories in the comments!

#1

The Difference A Rescue Can Make

The Difference A Rescue Can Make

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fro_st puppy
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3 months ago

its always nice to see people care for the animals. a small act makes a big difference!

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#2

Remy B. Nobody Loved Him For 6 Years, Until We Did

Remy B. Nobody Loved Him For 6 Years, Until We Did

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Daune Jaimes Diaz
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3 months ago

I wish I could give him more upvotes

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#3

My Wife And I Rescued This Sweet Little Girl Last July. This Is Her Now

My Wife And I Rescued This Sweet Little Girl Last July. This Is Her Now

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3 months ago

from bun to loaf

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Bored Panda contacted Louise Lee, the media officer at the non-profit Blue Cross For Pets organization, which specializes in animal adoption in the United Kingdom. We asked Louise if more people are willing to take the “adopt, don’t shop” approach these days. Luckily, it seems so. “We rehomed over 9,000 pets last year, which has increased significantly since a decade ago.”

The stigma about rescued cats is slowly fading away. “Such misperceptions that these pets were all given up because of behavior and that they're 'broken' are gradually changing, and people understand pets are handed over for all sorts of reasons,” explained Louise.

#4

It's Almost A Year Since My Friend Brought Home A Rescue Kitten, So She Decided To Recreate The First Picture She Took Of Him

It's Almost A Year Since My Friend Brought Home A Rescue Kitten, So She Decided To Recreate The First Picture She Took Of Him

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Gina
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3 months ago

The after is like, "put. me. down."

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#5

This Is Leo And We’ve Been Besties Since 2012. He Was Born Under My Stairs, And I Rescued Him. We Love Each Other Very Much

This Is Leo And We’ve Been Besties Since 2012. He Was Born Under My Stairs, And I Rescued Him. We Love Each Other Very Much

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Gina
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3 months ago

Not much better than a hot guy and a cat

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#6

My Sweet Boy Keller. I Would Die For Him

My Sweet Boy Keller. I Would Die For Him

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Magpie
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3 months ago

Live for him!

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Louise said that “we’re working hard not only to change the perception of pets in rescue” but also to help people who can’t cope with their pet. “We seek to take the 'shame' away from people who are struggling to cope with their pet and decide to rehome or their circumstances change.” As a result, the adoption assistance team at Blue Cross never judges anyone.

But the pet adoption expert warns that it’s important to get the whole family on board when it comes to adopting an animal. “Make sure everyone in a family wants a pet and understands their responsibilities, the time needed, and financial commitment before getting a pet.” Even if taking in a pet will surely have an effect on your lifestyle, it really pays off seeing your kitty happy.

#7

Harvey’s Skinny Body Was Found Abandoned In A Ditch. Fast Forward 5 Years, He’s Now A Confident, Happy, Healthy Boi With A Career In Modelling

Harvey’s Skinny Body Was Found Abandoned In A Ditch. Fast Forward 5 Years, He’s Now A Confident, Happy, Healthy Boi With A Career In Modelling

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Capermom
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3 months ago

I love that milk mustache..!

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#8

One Year Ago When I Rescued Her And Now, Showing Gratitude

One Year Ago When I Rescued Her And Now, Showing Gratitude

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K.
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3 months ago (edited)

She was so tiny.l and malnourished. I hope you guys have a long friendship

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#9

8 Years Ago For My Birthday I Adopted A Blind Kitten From A Struggling Rescue On Craigslist

8 Years Ago For My Birthday I Adopted A Blind Kitten From A Struggling Rescue On Craigslist

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Capermom
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3 months ago

What a cute chunker he's become..!

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#10

Little Man Rescue Almost One Year Ago And Today

Little Man Rescue Almost One Year Ago And Today

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Colin L
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3 months ago

Beautiful transformation. Thank you.

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#11

My Dad Found This Cutie Alongside The Road While Working. I'd Like To Say He Lives A Spoiled Life. October Vs. Now

My Dad Found This Cutie Alongside The Road While Working. I'd Like To Say He Lives A Spoiled Life. October Vs. Now

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3 months ago

So proud now!

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#12

My Little Rescue Kitten Isn’t So Little Anymore

My Little Rescue Kitten Isn’t So Little Anymore

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Colin L
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3 months ago

The before and after smiles are just as wonderful as the before and after kitty.

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#13

Took A Stray Mother Cat And Her Kittens Home. A Month After, She Has No More Mange Problem And I Have 3 Fat Kittens Too

Took A Stray Mother Cat And Her Kittens Home. A Month After, She Has No More Mange Problem And I Have 3 Fat Kittens Too

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Sarah
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3 months ago

Nice. :-)

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#14

This Is 1.5 Years Old Pelle. I Became His Momma When His Cat Momma Didn't Want To Take Care Of Him

This Is 1.5 Years Old Pelle. I Became His Momma When His Cat Momma Didn't Want To Take Care Of Him

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Ripley
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3 months ago

He is so beautiful.

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#15

I Found Chelvin Very Sick And Malnourished Just Outside My Neighborhood. He Was Only A Few Weeks Old. Three Weeks Of Love And Care Went A Long Way

I Found Chelvin Very Sick And Malnourished Just Outside My Neighborhood. He Was Only A Few Weeks Old. Three Weeks Of Love And Care Went A Long Way

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Colin L
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3 months ago (edited)

Such wonderful progress. You can see this kitty getting hopeful and curious in this series.

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#16

From A Scared And Starving Kitten Found Under My Boyfriend’s House, To A Fat And Curious Little Hell Raiser 6 Months Later

From A Scared And Starving Kitten Found Under My Boyfriend’s House, To A Fat And Curious Little Hell Raiser 6 Months Later

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Capermom
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3 months ago

What a cutie..!

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#17

Pugsley The Rescue Cat Before And After. It's Amazing What A Little Love And Some Strong Antibiotics Can Do

Pugsley The Rescue Cat Before And After. It's Amazing What A Little Love And Some Strong Antibiotics Can Do

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Samantha Bing
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3 months ago

He's so proud of his bow tie!

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#18

Cat Foster Family Said "Don't You Want To Adopt These Two? They'd Be So Happy Together." They Were So Right

Cat Foster Family Said "Don't You Want To Adopt These Two? They'd Be So Happy Together." They Were So Right

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3 months ago

Whenever possible, give them a pal to play with. It has to be better for their mental health to grow up with another of their species.

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#19

Just Got This Before Pic From The Shelter. From A Stray In Thailand To The Queen Of Our Apartment, Meet Connie

Just Got This Before Pic From The Shelter. From A Stray In Thailand To The Queen Of Our Apartment, Meet Connie

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Ryukei Panda
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3 months ago

So nice you could save her eye!

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#20

He’s A Whole Lot Better Compared To When He Was First Rescued! My Friend Took Him In. He’s Playful And Living His Best Life

He’s A Whole Lot Better Compared To When He Was First Rescued! My Friend Took Him In. He’s Playful And Living His Best Life

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Random Panda
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3 months ago

Cutest little gremlin I ever did see

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#21

My 96g Hand Rear Boy Made It! He's Now 2kg And Almost 4 Months Old. He And His Rescue Sister Have Given My Life Meaning

My 96g Hand Rear Boy Made It! He's Now 2kg And Almost 4 Months Old. He And His Rescue Sister Have Given My Life Meaning

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3 months ago

Sometimes the best way to feel love is to give love.

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#22

Meet Frankie! Adopted Him From The Shelter Six Weeks Ago. Now I Know Why Parents Say "They Grow Up So Fast!"

Meet Frankie! Adopted Him From The Shelter Six Weeks Ago. Now I Know Why Parents Say "They Grow Up So Fast!"

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Capermom
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3 months ago

Two handsome guys..! :-)

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#23

Fenek - Six Months Ago And Today

Fenek - Six Months Ago And Today

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Colin L
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3 months ago

Lovely and loved orange creamsicle kitty!

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#24

The Guy From A Bus Stop Who Ate All Of Our Food

The Guy From A Bus Stop Who Ate All Of Our Food

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Bengü Taşkesen
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3 months ago

So the marking were all dirt and he was a snowball underneath ❤

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#25

In The 1st Pic Is My Boyfriend's Cat When He Found Her In The Rain Meowing Alone, 2nd Is A Few Days After He Cleaned And Fed Her, And 3rd Is Her Today, Six Months After He Found Her

In The 1st Pic Is My Boyfriend's Cat When He Found Her In The Rain Meowing Alone, 2nd Is A Few Days After He Cleaned And Fed Her, And 3rd Is Her Today, Six Months After He Found Her

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3 months ago

That face in #2 will let it get away with murder.

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#26

Here’s Mine

Here’s Mine

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Lilli Stanard
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3 months ago

awww she or he hasn't changed a bit!

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#27

Our Rescue Tiara - She Went Through 3 Foster Homes Before Coming Home And Never Leaving My Side Again

Our Rescue Tiara - She Went Through 3 Foster Homes Before Coming Home And Never Leaving My Side Again

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3 months ago

Forever homes are the best homes.

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#28

From Being Found Frozen Into The Side Of The Highway, To Losing Part Of Her Tail From The Trauma, To Gorgeous Girl Living The Best Life. She's Brought So Much Love Into Our Lives

From Being Found Frozen Into The Side Of The Highway, To Losing Part Of Her Tail From The Trauma, To Gorgeous Girl Living The Best Life. She's Brought So Much Love Into Our Lives

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Magpie
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3 months ago

Thank you for saving her. And she looks so good now.

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#29

I Adopted A Stray Cat 3 Months Ago. She Was Very Weak And Couldn’t Stand On Her Own Legs. But She Was Truly A Fighter. Meet Katie

I Adopted A Stray Cat 3 Months Ago. She Was Very Weak And Couldn’t Stand On Her Own Legs. But She Was Truly A Fighter. Meet Katie

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Janine B.
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3 months ago

The first picture is heartbreaking...

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#30

Peter The Cat On The Day My Daughter Rescued It From A Ditch, And Four Years Later

Peter The Cat On The Day My Daughter Rescued It From A Ditch, And Four Years Later

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Samantha Bing
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3 months ago

What have you been feeding him?!

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#31

Three Months & Two Lbs Later

Three Months & Two Lbs Later

He was given up by his previous owners and spent 4+ months malnourished, matted, and uncared for in a shelter, even though he's the sweetest and most gentle cat I've met. I'm grateful for every day that I get to spoil this kitty.

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3 months ago (edited)

What kind of shelter was that?!

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#32

Exactly One Year When I Rescued Him. He Had A Lot Of Medical Problems And Almost Didn't Survive When He Had FCV. He Is Now A Healthy Whiny Lil Baby With A Small Head

Exactly One Year When I Rescued Him. He Had A Lot Of Medical Problems And Almost Didn't Survive When He Had FCV. He Is Now A Healthy Whiny Lil Baby With A Small Head

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Magpie
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3 months ago

He looks so healthy and happy now.

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#33

Rah And Luna, From "Dumpster Kitties To Laying Pretty"

Rah And Luna, From "Dumpster Kitties To Laying Pretty"

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Colin L
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3 months ago

A lovely pair!

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#34

Mako And Bolin (Censored For Gross Eye Stuff)

Mako And Bolin (Censored For Gross Eye Stuff)

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Katinka Min
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3 months ago

Glitch in the matrix

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#35

My Wickett, First At 3 Weeks Old When He Came In As A Foster, Then 12 Weeks After I Adopted, Then His First Birthday And Today

My Wickett, First At 3 Weeks Old When He Came In As A Foster, Then 12 Weeks After I Adopted, Then His First Birthday And Today

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Mishte Tine
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3 months ago

Snowshoe, maybe? I love snowshoes. Thank you.

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