Cat as rare as a “unicorn” was found when a passenger heard meowing coming from a dumpster.
Abandoned by the owner, the kitten was in so much pain. The front leg was broken in addition to gangrene in a back paw.
Luckily for the poor cat, her new mother knew exactly how to help her. In time the unicorn cat was slowly getting back in shape, but first she had to wear a cone!
Quite a shock for the newfound caregivers, it turned out Martyr is a male cat!
Most calico cats are female, but Martyr is one of a kind. If fact they thought it’s a “she” until recently.
Because of their rarity, Calico cats are considered lucky by many around the world. The Calico cat is thought to bring good luck and fortune to the homes and families that adopt them. They are also considered to be a little magical because of their three colors: white, black and orange.
The statistics goes on to reveal that 1 out of every 3,000 calico cats is male!
Calico cats are mostly female because their coloring is related to the X chromosome. I’ll try not to dig in too much, so here’s a quick overview:
- Two X chromosomes are needed for a cat to have that distinctive tri-color coat.
- If a cat has an XX pair, she will be female.
- Male cats have an XY chromosome pair, so they can’t be Calicos.
However, there is an exception. In rare cases, cats can have an extra X chromosome making them XXY. These cats present as male, but can be Calico because they have two X chromosomes. This XXY configuration can cause Klinefelter’s Syndrome, which is a health issue, making Martyr as rare as a unicorn!
Being Calico doesn’t affect the longevity of a female cat’s life. But this rule of thumb doesn’t apply to male Calico cats.
Unfortunately for these tri-colored guys, they often suffer from Klinefelter’s Syndrome because of their XXY chromosomes. This condition can negatively impact their health and result in shorter lifespans.
That proves Martyr is a miracle of nature!
Considering his sad meowing next to a dumpster, along with the whole rarity to even exist in the first place, Martyr’s life deserves a movie, or at least a cartoon!
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