Cat saved from the trash has very rare fur pattern

Sometimes, a little attention not only saves others from a terrible fate, but can also enrich our own lives forever at the same time.

That was the following unnamed woman's experience. As she approached a dumpster, she heard a faint, piteous miaowing from inside. Suspecting the worst, she looked inside and found a single tiny kitten. Neither the cat's mother nor any brothers or sisters could be found nearby. The woman saved the sad little bundle of fur from the trash and took it back home with her.

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At the vet's, they told her that the little tom cat was just a week old — he hadn't yet opened his eyes. The poor little guy needed urgent medical help, as one of his paws needed treatment for tissue necrosis.

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But what really surprised the vets was something completely different. The kitten is an extremely rare member of his species, because he is a tortoiseshell cat — and male. The pretty, three-colored fur pattern, which is widespread among many female cats, almost never occurs in males. Only around one in 3,000 tortoiseshell cats is a boy. "Martyr", as the little tom cat was named, has the little-seen XXY chromosome combination and is a real rarity!

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But the woman who saved Martyr and adopted him surely knew from the first moment that he was something particularly special — and that has nothing to with his genes.

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Martyr obviously feels at home with his guardian angel and is really thriving. It's great to see that a story with such a sad beginning had a happy ending.

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