In 2014, a rescue cat named Dorothy gave birth to a litter of six, with one special cat among them. One of the kittens was born with a butterfly-shaped nose and a kinked tail, and it was instantly clear that it was special.
Dorothy has been rescued in Langley, Canada by a local pet shelter who found her abandoned by her previous owners and pregnant. However, their neighbors stepped in and took the cat, and she soon gave birth to 6 cute kittens. One of them had a butterfly-shaped nose due to a congenital cleft lip, but it was just as cute as the others. However, the defect meant that the little guy would require special care and feeding, and it’s great that the rescuers were lucky to do it.
Cleft lip occurs when the lips don’t join while the kitten is still in the womb, which leaves a slight separation and opening. This can go as far up as the nose and cause a cleft palate, which is an even bigger problem. Luckily, this little guy had some great help by the rescuers, and will live a normal life. He’s been bottle-fed every couple of hours, and his defect didn’t seem to affect him.