With my planned post still evolving, and because it’s on the more serious side, I decided to get side tracked with this.
Ozzy is an 8-year-old tom cat from Scotland – All Images itv.com Credit: SWNS
Ozzy got his unique condition after falling from a windowsill and hitting his head as a kitten. He is kept safely indoors but apparently sneaks out…and then can’t find his way back. Ian and Evelyn McDougall, aged 57 and 61, took Ozzy in after his accident and were taken by his resemblance to the hypnotized panther Baghera from Disney’s Jungle Book.
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Owner Ian McDougall tells itv.com they took him in because he was the runt of the litter and they figured he has tunnel vision “he can look at one bit and then it’s a bit further away. It’s very comical when he’s chasing a fly. He’s got real character about him.”
Owner Ian with Ozzy – Image itv.com Credit: SWNS
“He’s a bit daft at times but he is very friendly. The condition doesn’t hinder him in the house, he’s used to the house. He’s definitely a house cat.”
Once home Ozzy started sleeping in their bed – Image itv.com Credit: SWNS
In June Ozzy got out unseen through an open door behind the owners son and was later discovered under a parked car. Ozzy was brought in to the ScottishSPCA frightened and suffering from some minor injuries to his neck but was cleaned up and treated. His owners were very relieved to spot him on the SSPCA Facebook page and bring him home. Apparently this wasn’t Ozzy’s first escape attempt, but it will hopefully be his last as he is reportedly now under even stricter house arrest for his own safety.
Meet Harry, a cat in Scotland who has defied genetics (leave it up to a cat to defy DNA). He is a “400,000-to-one shot thought to be one of Scotland’s rarest moggies.” The unwanted 12-week-old kitten was handed into Lothian Cat Rescue in Bonnyrigg Scotland after his owners discovered they were allergic to his fur.
Harry the kitten – a rare feline gem
99.96 per cent of Tortoiseshell cats born are female due to the way genes dictating coat color are passed down. Harry’s dapper looks will mean he is sterile, however, should the vets discover he isn’t, it would make this little feline very valuable.
Harry looking adorable and handsome
“The vast majority of tortoiseshell cats are female, because two X chromosomes are required to produce black, gold and orange coloring. Male cats only have one X and one Y chromosome, so technically it’s genetically almost impossible for a male to inherit the tortoiseshell coloring. A male tortoiseshell has an extra X chromosome, making it an XXY.“
Harry will be neutered when he is old enough and then adopted out.
Photo’s source – Edinburgh News, Press and Journal
Most people will never encounter a male Tortoiseshell cat and, in all my years volunteering at an animal shelter I believe I have only ever seen one come in.