Better To Hear You With? Four Eared Cat!Published October 10, 2008
Lately I have been finding spectacular stories on the Internet, pertaining to unique animals. Frequently I am sufficiently excited and intrigued which inspires me to share them with our readers. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the curious cat, living in China that appeared to have sprouted wings. The other day, I discovered another fascinating feline while reading the “Daily Mail Reporter.” Ted and Valerie, a couple spending the evening with a group of friends, were visiting their local pub on the South side of Chicago. They noticed a small cage on the bar, and folks passing around a small kitten. Cat lovers, they were quite eager to hold the little one. This kitty however was more than likely destined to be a good listener. He had four ears. The couple, smitten by the friendly and outgoing kitten, asked the bar owner if they could adopt him. The kitten, part of a large litter, needed a home. Their request was granted, immediately. The kitten instantly fell in love with Ted, curling into the crook of his neck, falling asleep, purring his heart out. Ted, of course was a "goner." Having recently lost a cat that shared their home and heart for 20 years, Ted and Valerie thought that their cat-servant days were over. Apparently, this kitten had different plans for this couple. He was named Yoda, after the famous character from "Star Wars", who got his name based on George Lucas' cat! After a visit to their veterinarian, who was fascinated by Yoda's supernumery ears, Yoda received a clean bill of health. Their veterinarian did extensive research on the Internet, and found another four-eared cat in Germany. Additionally, other veterinarians with whom the couple contacted had never witnessed this genetic oddity in their practices. The couple soon realized that they had a very unusual and precious cat, now an indoor only kitty. He was microchipped just in case he gets lost or is "catnapped." Yoda the Cat's Namesake Yoda's second set of ears, placed slightly behind his normal ears, are separate to the base of the skull. According to Valerie, Yoda's hearing appears to be completely normal, but people who see him always do a double take. He is a joy to have around, with a delightful disposition and a purrfect purrsonality. He is more affectionate than many cats the couple met, but his purr is inaudible. The only way they know he is purring is to feel the vibrations through his throat. While genetic mutations can often be lethal, apparently these genes have not affected this feline adversely. However, Yoda has one amazing obsession. He is passionate about bread. Valerie cannot leave a loaf on the counter for a moment, without their beloved kitty grabbing a bite. I bet my bottom dollar that Yoda totally knows on which side his bread is buttered. I love these happy conclusions when cat lovers adopt “special” kitties, don’t you? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.
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