Meet the Canadian feline sensation, Hénri, whose arresting appearance and emotive “eyebrows” have catapulted him to internet fame. Wrapped in a pristine white fur coat and sporting a stark black tail, Hénri’s most captivating feature is the dark markings above his eyes, giving the illusion of human-like expressions. But the allure of Hénri extends beyond his striking appearance; his life story, beginning with an early separation from his mother at just a month old, tugs at the heartstrings. Fortunately, Hénri’s tale is one of triumph, as he found a forever home with Megan and her other cat, Chihiro, where he enjoys a loving and playful environment that has endeared him to many online.
Our conversation with Megan, Hénri’s human companion, revealed the heartwarming narrative behind their union. Megan had long harbored the dream of cat companionship, and the onset of the pandemic presented the perfect opportunity. A search through local shelters quickly led her to Hénri (then named Minx) and his siblings. Drawn to his unique markings and personality, Megan didn’t hesitate to go through the virtual adoption process. Despite stiff competition from numerous applicants, some from far beyond their home province, Megan’s genuine enthusiasm for feline friendship resonated with the shelter, and soon, Hénri was home.
Hénri’s moniker, inspired by a family inside joke tied to the French pronunciation of a name, reflects Megan’s fondness for the culture and the sophistication she sees in her Turkish Van feline. His name, befitting his regal and gentlemanly demeanor, is a nod to the family’s treasured memories by the sea in Quebec.
Megan recounted the reactions of guests meeting Hénri for the first time, describing moments of sheer delight and amusement at his expressive “brows.” Hénri’s real-life persona, complete with his quirky behaviors and affable nature, only amplifies his charm. His Instagram account, a repository of his daily life and shenanigans, offers a glimpse into the joy he brings to Megan’s life.
As for the other feline in the household, Chihiro, Megan detailed their careful introduction, which blossomed into an instant and inseparable friendship. The contrast between Pepper’s more serene nature and Chihiro’s spirited character creates a harmonious balance that enlivens their home.
Megan’s approach to cat care is deeply nurturing, ensuring that Hénri and Chihiro have a stimulating environment filled with their favorite blankets, toys, and furniture arrangements to explore. It’s a testament to the bond they share, as evidenced by the affectionate head rubs and companionship Hénri lavishes upon Megan.
Their online fame came as a pleasant surprise to Megan, who initially shared Hénri’s escapades for the amusement of family and friends. The overwhelming response and the rapid spread of Hénri’s viral video, touching nearly 3 million views, has been a joyful and surreal experience for her.
Megan’s love for nature and her desire to share this with her cats has led to bird-watching escapades and plans for a catio. While they currently enjoy the outdoors from the safety of a stroller, Megan is intent on responsibly enriching their lives while protecting local wildlife.
This is the story of Hénri, whose distinctive “eyebrows” and endearing personality have not only made him a beloved pet but also a social media darling. His Instagram account, mycatwitheyebrows, continues to attract fans, eager for a peek into the life of this extraordinary cat and the humans who adore him.