Lifestyle Pets Meet Herman the Permanently Petrified Pussycat By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 3, 2016 11:45 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Oh goodness, Herman is surprised to see you. Don’t worry, that’s his reaction to all things. The exotic shorthair kitty was born with giant eyes which give him a permanently shocked expression. According to Metro, Herman spends most of his time gazing upon stunning sites in Copenhagen, where he lives with his owner Shirley. When Herman and Shirley first met it was a classic case of cat-picks-human. “The first time I met Herman, he was instantly jumping on me and decided to sit on my shoulder purring,” the owner said. “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.” The pair have been inseparable ever since. Born with a low birth weight, Shirley hand fed Herman in their first days together to help him pack on the pounds. This one-on-one time has made Herman, who is now in great health, more comfortable around humans than most felines. “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,” she said. Now, Shirley is sharing Herman’s endearingly odd look with the world on Instagram, where the huge-eyed handsome boy has racked up more than 4,000 followers.