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Bullied boy’s lookalike cat is his new secret weapon

Love me, love my cat.

An Oklahoma boy who was picked on because of his appearance has a new BFF that stops bullies in their tracks: a lookalike feline who reminds that our differences are something to celebrate.

Born with a cleft lip that was corrected surgically and different colored eyes, 7-year-old Madden Humphreys had become that target of nasty bullies.

Madden’s mom Christina sprang into action. She spotted a stray cat with cleft lip on an animal-rescue site thanks to a post shared on a social media group of moms of children with cleft lip. The condition affects one in 700 babies.

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The similarities didn’t stop there. Madden and the cat have heterochromia iridium, an uncommon condition (about 6 out of 1,000 people, per one figure) in which the two eyes are different colors. Madden and the furball both have a blue left eye and a green right eye.

When the stray cat remained unclaimed, the Humphreys took a 600-mile road trip.

“We drove from Oklahoma to Minnesota this weekend, to get the kitty Madden has named Moon,” Christina Humphreys posted on Facebook. “In case you missed it, these handsome boys were both born with cleft lips and complete heterochromia iridium (different colored eyes), and we knew they were destined to be best friends.”

“Funny how a pet can make you feel less alone,” she added.

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Seriously. As of Tuesday afternoon, Madden and Moon’s Instagram account @maddenandmoon had more than 14,700 followers.

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