Herman, an exotic shorthair, was born with exceptionally big eyes – giving him a permanently startled expression.
The 5-month-old kitty lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, with his doting owner Shirley, 26. The kitten’s bulbous eyes are so big that he cannot completely close his eyelids – even when he’s asleep.
Tiny Herman does snore, though, clearly indicating when he’s having a snooze.
Shirley said: ‘The first time I met him, he was instantly jumping up on me and decided to sit on my shoulder purring. The choice was easy for me.
‘Even though he was significantly smaller and had that peculiar look, I decided that I had to make sure that he and I would have a fantastic time together.’
Herman struggled to put on weight as a young kitten and had to be hand fed, making him incredibly comfortable with humans.
‘Herman is always following me from room to room. There is literally no privacy left since I got him – whether I am sleeping, cooking dinner or even going to the bathroom, he is always around,’ says Shirley.
‘You are never in doubt when Herman is not getting enough attention. He will either start meowing or tap me lightly with his paws.’
Despite his unique appearance, Herman is like any other kitten and is happiest playing with his favourite shoelace or one of Shirley’s shoes.
The quirky kitten is adored by both his owner and his growing Instagram fan base, which has given him the nickname ‘Hermie’.
‘He is both a special cat due to his peculiarly big eyes giving him a funny but sweet look and due to his loving nature. He always wants to know what is happening around him, making sure he observes everything with his big radar eyes.’
To keep up to date with Herman’s antics, follow him on Instagram