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7 of the Strangest Cats in the World

As cat owners know, every feline is unique in their own way. However, some cats are more unique than others. You may enjoy unusual breeds like the Sphinx, which is hairless, wrinkled, and slender like the cats depicted in Egyptian art. You may prefer a Selkirk Rex cat, whose fur resembles that of a sheep’s fleece, or maybe you like to watch YouTube video of a cat’s meow sounding like a bleating lamb. All of these cat features are unique. However, there are some cats in the world that are so strange that one can hardly believe they exist. The following is a list of cats that seem to have been born in the realm of fantasy, but trust me, they are very real.

If Florence Nightingale were a cat, she would be Radamenes – a black cat from Bydgoszcz Poland. Human beings often become more compassionate to other people when they have undergone hardship, but Radamenes proves that cats are also familiar with this principle. This black cat beat all odds when he survived a respiratory infection that nearly claimed his life. The doctors had given up hope; they did not expect him to pull through. Not only did Radamenes survive, but he has thrived! He is now a major caretaker at the veterinary center where he got his new lease on life.

He spends his days and nights caring for the animals that are sick. He immediately massages them and cleans any wounds they may have. Radamenes comforts animals both before and after their operations. After the operation, he purrs close by in hopes of helping to heal them. Cats are often known to have a distaste for dogs.

However, Radamenes’ affection extends to huge canines that would make other cats run and hide. This cat is a popular attraction in the Polish city; even people without pets come to the veterinary center just to see him in action. He lets his fellow patients know that he has been in their situation before and has pulled through. He helps give the gift of healing and life to his fellow creatures.

A cat in Edmonton, Canada named Pauly is famous for having an extra pair of legs. This six legged cat suffers from a rare condition that affects only one in 10,000 cats. Pauly began his life as a stray in Edmonton; he was brought into “Little Cat’s Lost” for care and medical attention. Pauly then underwent a series of surgeries to make his life with six legs easier. Cats with this condition need dedicated owners who will stick by them through thick and thin and will give them the care and attention they need. In addition, they are better suited for quieter homes where there is not too much noise and activity.

Doctor Mahmoud at Little Cats Lost said that the condition is indeed quite rare. So rare in fact, that he had not yet encountered it as a veterinarian. Experts believe that some cats are born with more than four legs because they were actually two kittens in the womb that merged into one. Cats can live with this condition for seven years, but not without a significant amount of treatment. This usually means that they need the extra legs removed in order to improve their quality of life. In addition to the extra legs, Pauly suffers from hip dysplasia and has an ascended testicle. Surgeries for these cats can be quite expensive and can run several thousand dollars.

Human beings with Down syndrome can live highly functional lives with plenty of care and attention. What many people don’t realize though is that Down syndrome can also exist in the animal world as well. Monty, who was adopted by Michael Bjorn and Mikala Klein in Rodovre, Denmark, decided to adopt a cat from a shelter. Their hearts melted when they saw a cat with a highly unusual face. The cat seemed to have a bone missing in his nose and unlike many other cats he would urinate in his sleep. While this is not surprising for cats that are around 10 years old, Monty was still young.

It was eventually discovered that Monty has an abnormality within his chromosomes that is similar to Down syndrome. Monty is able to play and function like any other cat, with the exception that he is even more cheerful and kitten like than the average cat. His owners say that he is tremendously devoted to them and likes to sleep in their bed every night. Monty has achieved worldwide fame; he has 135,000 followers on Facebook. He even has his own line of toys and clothing!

Another cat who doesn’t let disability keep her down is Lil’ Bunny Sue Roux of New Orleans. She was born without her front paws. She has to hop like a rabbit to get around. Roux refuses to allow her disability to hinder her life. Her cute and quirky ways have earned her 50,000 followers on Instagram in only one month. Roux’s owner, Jackie Deak Akey, adopted the cat after she was given to a shelter because of her abnormality. Despite her disability, Roux moves rather quickly.

She loves to hop around like a kangaroo and enjoys chasing other members of the family around the house. This may be fun for now, but her owners realize that Roux needs to be fitted with prosthetic limbs when she gets older, because all that hopping can cause future back problems. For now, this little kitty likes the same activities that any other cat does. She likes to prop her nubs on the chair and beg for special treats. She also enjoys birdwatching and chasing her sister Graybee around the house.

Most people have heard of Two Face from the Marvel comic series. Well, there is a cat that is a bit like Two Face, although she is hardly what we would call a villain. Venus, the chimera cat, has one half of her face entirely black with one green eye and the other side of her face is orange with a blue-eye.  It’s no surprise that Venus soon became a social media sensation for her unusual looks. Her owners have even commented that there were people who accused them of photo shopping the cat’s pictures and manufacturing a fraud. However, enough people have seen Venus in person, including the media, that it is clear that Venus is absolutely real. The mystery over why Venus has a black and orange face has captivated the public and the articles in National Geographic. The tortoiseshell cat has a Facebook page and a YouTube video that received more than 1 million views; she has also appeared on the Today show.

Geneticists in animal sciences have discussed whether or not Venus was in fact a chimera. The word chimera is a creature from Greek mythology that is made up of the combination of several different animals. In the animal world, a chimera is one that has cells made up of two different types of DNA; this happens when embryos combine. In the cat world, chimeras are not uncommon, and scientist Leslie Lyons, a professor at University of California at Davis, says that the mottled look of Venus’ coats shows that there might be an extra X chromosome. But, since Venus is female and already has two X chromosomes, that doesn’t necessarily mean that she is a chimera.  If Venus’ bizarre appearance is not the result of merged embryos, it could be caused by inactivation of the cells in part of her face to create a black color. However, this doesn’t explain the difference in her eye colors. Cats who have blue eyes are often Siamese, or cats with a lot of white in their fur.  Since Venus is orange and black, the blue eye is still something that puzzles animal scientists.

As much as scientists like to speculate over why Venus looks the way she does, the public simply wants to adore her. Her owners still get critics who claim that they must’ve dyed half of her face black, but that still doesn’t explain the eye color. After all, cats wouldn’t take kindly to having colored contact lenses placed on their eyes by a human. Venus was adopted in 2009 from a dairy farm in North Carolina. The owners, Christina and Chris, fell in love with the cat because it reminded them of two different cats they once had, an orange tabby and black cat. The owners have put Venus’ fame to good use by spreading awareness of the importance of diversity and accepting others regardless of the color of their fur.

People who love cats and science-fiction may want to pay a visit to alien cat Matilda, whose huge eyes make her look as if she stepped off of a spaceship straight from Mars. Matilda was born on Valentine’s Day in 2013. She was adopted at 12 weeks old she was an adorable kitten who was not intimidated by a huge dog that was already living with the family.  There didn’t appear to be anything unusual about Matilda, except one of her eyes was squinty. Because of this, the family nicknamed her Quasimodo. When she was one year old, suddenly one of her pupils became huge and the family took her to the vet.

When they arrived at the office the pupil had returned to its regular size. They were told there was no reason to panic. After their visit, the pupil suddenly became huge once again. So, the family returned to the vet. Everything appeared to be fine, but the doctor still tested Matilda for a variety of things. Unfortunately, the cat tested positive for feline leukemia. The owners were stunned because Matilda had always been an indoor cat; it was unclear how she even picked up the disease. Luckily, Matilda was retested and the results came back negative. However, the family was contacted by the shelter from which Matilda was adopted; they were notified that Matilda’s siblings had developed a strange eye problem. Matilda’s eyes showed the condition that they were describing called “lens luxation”. An owner of one of Matilda’s littermates had decided to get corrective surgery for the problem. But, Matilda’s owners decided, with support of feline ophthalmologist, that they would allow their cats eyes to develop without interference.

Matilda’s eyes grew larger and her pupils are extremely dilated, giving her the appearance of an alien. One of the side effects of Matilda’s condition is that she lacks sufficient collagen and finds it difficult to recover from injuries or surgery. Matilda became depressed when her eyes first started to change, but with love and care from her family, special eye drops, and the attention of an ophthalmologist, Matilda lives a normal, active life. She is quiet, calm, and likes to be cuddled. Unfortunately, there are some people among her 46,000 followers who have accused the owners of animal cruelty and of deliberately making her eyes that big. Some have assumed that the condition is extremely painful and have even said that Matilda should be taken from her owners. The family’s veterinarian has assured the public that Matilda’s condition is something that she was born with and she is not experiencing chronic pain from her enlarged eyes.

This next cat tale involves not only the kind of scary story that one would tell around a campfire, but an equally scary legal battle. A cat named Bart, from Tampa Florida, was hit by a car. Ellis Hutson, his owner thought the cat was dead and asked neighbors to bury it.  Five days later, the cat appeared with its face badly damaged. He was dehydrated and looking for food and water. Hutson took the cat to the Humane Society for assistance helping the cat. The accident caused extensive damage to Bart’s face. His jaw had to be wired shut and one of his eyes were removed.

The story seemed to be a kind of miracle tale of how cats do indeed have nine lives at first, the Humane Society was happy to have Bart’s original owner caring for him. That was until some of the Humane Society employees saw a video. On the video was Ellis Hutson’s girlfriend, Candace McClendon, who said that she didn’t feel the cat was dead, because “when I found him he was moving and stuff.” She also mentioned that she had difficulties looking at the cat, although Hutson was not there at the time. As a result of the video, the Humane Society decided to revoke custody from Ellis Hutson. Outraged at the decision, Hutson sued the Humane Society. He said that he loved the cat that was born in his dresser drawer and he wanted his family pet back. However, Bart, who is often called the zombie cat, was given a new home with a Humane Society staffer who is happy to care for the cat. With his new jaw, Bart was able to eat normally. His weight doubled and he became playful, rather than listless. The zombie cat may look a bit scary, but he is a hero, with a strong will to live and has a lovable, playful, nature.

You might not be lucky enough to own one of the seven most unusual cats described above, but you can adopt a cat of unusual breed that is certain to grab attention. A Sphynx looks like it stepped straight out of the panel of an ancient Egyptian art museum. This breed of cat was developed through selective breeding that began in the 1960s. It appears hairless, has a slender body, and large ears. The Sphynx is not truly hairless, it actually has a layer of short velvet hairs. These cats have markings; their skin is the color that their fur would be. These cats lose body heat rapidly, so they shouldn’t be exposed to cold conditions. They should also avoid too much sunlight, as they are more vulnerable to sunburn because of their lack of fur. In addition, body oils tend to build up on their skin, so it is essential to bathe them every week. Sphynx’s have a high energy level and enjoy being sociable. They are very loyal to their owners; a trait that is more commonly seen in dogs than cats. They have even been known to come to the door to greet their owners when they come home.

If you love unusual cat eyes, consider adopting a Khao Manee, which is the Thai word for “white gem”. These cats are also known as diamond eyed cats. One of the cat’s eyes are blue and the other is a greenish yellow. These cats typically have a white body. They are known for being active and athletic. You’d better save your pennies however, if you want a diamond eyed cat because they are known as the most expensive breed in the world. These cats have an ancient lineage and are said to have been bred and kept by Royals of Siam.

If you like little cats, you should adopt a munchkin cat. These felines are bred with unusually short legs, caused by a genetic mutation. Munchkin cats are known to be even-tempered and playful. Although they have short legs, they can still jump as high as any regular cat. These felines are available in many coat colors and fur lengths. The genetic mutation that causes the short legs also creates heads that are unusually large. This type of breeding has attracted controversy from those who oppose the selective breeding for munchkin cats, because they feel that the animals have limited mobility and may develop health problems. Feline scientists have ruled out significant medical problems associated with munchkin cats. However, munchkins tend to have a higher risk for curvature of the spine and followed chest. These problems are also seen in other breeds of cats and are not particular to the munchkin.

While some cats like the Sphynx and the Devon Rex have unusually large ears, some types of cats, such as the Scottish Fold, have tiny or even “squished” years. As the name suggests, the Scottish Fold’s ears look as if they have been folded forward. This folding appearance is the result of a genetic mutation that has an effect on cartilage in the body. When this breed came on the scene in the 1970s, there were initial concerns about possible hearing impairment, although the shape of the ears do not seem to affect the cats’ ability to hear. To prevent severe problems in offspring, experts recommend not mating two Scottish Folds together; a litter will typically have some kittens that are Scottish Folds and some that are not. It is impossible to tell with newborn kittens whether or not they are going to be Scottish Folds; the kittens’ ears are born straight and the fold only develops after 20 days. The cats in the litter who do not have folded ears are still attractive to breeders because they carry the Scottish Fold gene. Aside from the ears, these cats have a regular body shape. Although, they tend to be rounder than some other breeds, especially the head and face. It is hard to intellectually understand why smashed ears can make a cat look much cuter than average, but the Scottish Fold’s sweet, pout like face makes it a desirable breed that carries a hefty price tag in some cases. These cats are known for being affectionate and having strong attachments to their owners.

If you’ve always wanted a pet sheep, but thought it was too big for your house, consider adopting a Selkirk Rex. These cats have a thick, fleecy coat resembling that of a sheep. These cats can have long or short hair and are available in all colors. These cats have a playful, yet calm nature and unlike many selectively bred cats, tend not to be more prone to specific health problems. They are a hardy breed of cat. Some Selkirk Rex’s are likely to have greasy coats and need to be bathed or groomed on a regular basis. Most Rex cats have little or no fur, but this variety more than makes up for that with an abundance of fleecy, curly, hair that is fun to pet and care for. These cats also have temperaments that are as gentle as lambs, which make them great pets for children.

Whatever your preference may be, there is sure to be a uniquely “purr-fect” companion out there for you!

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