Pixel’s mother noticed that he was more expressive than most cats when he was about a year old.
He appeared to constantly have a smile on his face, and that gorgeous smile was contagious. He also seemed to enjoy being photographed, which, when combined with his smile, proved to be the winning mix.
Pixel’s mother, Alyson Kalhagen, told The Dodo, “[He] would smile and do other ridiculous faces anytime I attempted to capture images of him.”
“At first, I wanted to exhibit his more elegant, ‘fancy’ side, so I wasn’t trying for the humorous faces at all, but I thought that I may as well start sharing his hilarious images as well, and that’s how we got to where we are today.”
Everyone fell in love with Pixel as soon as Kalhagen began posting images of his lovely smile, and understandably so. Pixel is now well-known for his goofy smile, which just means he gets to perform more photoshoots, which he adores.
While most people think Pixel is wonderful, everyone reacts differently to him and his grin, and his mother enjoys watching the joy, and sometimes perplexity, he provides to people all around the globe.
“People have a variety of reactions to Pixel, but the most prevalent ones are, ‘He’s so ugly he’s cute!’” or ‘He resembles a bat!’ “Overall, the replies have been good, however some individuals find his expressions disconcerting or scary,” Kalhagen added.
“A few people have said they thought he was wicked or possessed, but he’s simply a highly expressive kitten that wants a mouthful of chicken!”
Pixel, of course, is completely unaware of all of this. He has no idea that others adore his smile or say he resembles a cute little bat.
All he knows is that he enjoys posing for the camera, getting goodies, and smiling at the people he cares about, and that’s really all he needs.