What has four feet, four ears, one eye and an unusual name? Frankenkitten.
That might sound mean at first, but in reality it’s a fitting name for an adorably unique feline who belongs to Georgia Anderson, according to Cattitude Daily.
He also goes by the much more pedestrian moniker “Frank.”
Frank had been born with two eyes, but by the time he got veterinary care it was clear that one of his eyes was infected and needed immediate medical attention.
“He was found to be suffering from a very painful eye infection that resulted in the almost immediate removal of his right eye,” the Frankenkitten Facebook “About” page reads. “It was at GAWS that it was discovered that Frankie had a few other surprises – most interestingly – FOUR ears.”
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At the moment Frankie is epitomising how I feel about the festive season. Things are hard here at the moment, have been for a while. Dudley the beagle endured a dog attack earlier in the year that left him with a broken leg and multiple puncture wounds. Less than two weeks later, a small blister on Haruka the greyhounds side grew rapidly and ulcerated. It was removed and during surgery it was discovered that she had a blood clotting disorder. So her recovery was horrific and took twice as long. Then it was Dudley's turn again, as a cancerous tumour was removed from his eye. Surely now things would settle down? Nope…Haruka's lump returned with a vengeance, spreading all down the surgical site and outwards. We sent the original lump away for histopathology and the results will come back tomorrow. But I am worried, and don't feel confident. It definitely needs surgical removal, but we need to get good margains, and the way it is spreading through the skin makes me worried it is something we can't contain. Add in her blood clotting disorder and it scares me what the outcome might entail. All of this has had a huge financial burden, but an even bigger emotional one. It is times like this that I question my decisions over having so many pets. Of course we never expect all these things to happen, especially over such a short amount of time. But when we take on animals, we have a responsibility to take care of all their expected and unexpected needs. I feel like I have failed miserably on this part.
“Two ears are normal and include everything needed for hearing. His additional two ears are pinna only (no internal parts), and are located in front of his normal ears, facing inwards.”
Since the extra ear nubs weren’t causing any issues for the kitten, the rescue decided to leave them as they were: “There was no medical reason to remove these ears, so they stayed and became part of Frankie’s unique features.”
However, not all the little cat’s features were so benign: He also had a large overbite, and medical professionals were concerned that he wouldn’t be able to eat on his own.
“Thankfully he can eat just fine, and when his adult teeth grow in, he will need the lower canines removed to prevent them from growing up into the roof of his mouth,” his About page reveals.
Once the kitten was scheduled for his surgery, he needed a foster, which is when Anderson stepped in. Despite how much Frank’s eye must have been hurting, his loving little heart still shone through.
“The first thing he did when I picked him up was purr and rub his face on mine,” Anderson said, according to Cattitude Daily. “I told the girls in the vet clinic that I would foster him for recovery after his eye removal.”
“When I got him home, he was very dopey and in pain, but still had so much love and affection for me, the kids and other animals.”
“By the next morning, I’d decided that I wanted to keep him,” she said. “I’ve probably fostered around 80 cats and kittens in the last year, and he was the first one that I knew I would regret giving back.”
Frank joined a lively household that includes three other cats, a dog and various foster critters.
“Despite being a bit of a genetic mystery, Frankenkitten is just your regular young kitten, exploring his world, getting into mischief, and keeping his human mum awake at night doing zoomies around the house,” Frank’s Facebook page states.
Anderson keeps social media accounts for those interested in following along with Frankenkitten’s adventures.
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