Watch out house mice! Dwarf kitten ‘Mowzer’ who’s just eight inches long with short legs finds family home after being born as the runt of a feral litter
- Mowzer was born to feral mother on farm near Penzance, Cornwall, 12 weeks ago
- She has captured hearts with a tiny frame and big personality at her new home
- Mowzer was brought into Cats Protection Adoption Centre in Carnon Downs
- Is believed to have a rare form of dwarfism which makes her smaller than usual
A black and white kitten born with a rare form of dwarfism captured hearts with her playful personality before finding a forever home three weeks ago.
Mowzer was born to a feral mother on a farm near Penzance before she was brought into the Cats Protection Adoption Centre in Carnon Downs, Cornwall.
While her siblings were all the right size for seven weeks old, Mowzer looked half their age.
Her limbs were out of proportion with her body, she had very blue eyes and her teeth still hadn’t grown. Staff named her toothless, from the film How To Train Your Dragon.
Mowzer (pictured) was born to a feral mother on a farm near Penzance before she was brought into the Cats Protection Adoption Centre in Carnon Downs, Cornwall
While her siblings (one is pictured) were all the right size for seven weeks old, Mowzer looked more like a three-week-old
Now she has been renamed by her new owner after another famous feline, Mowzer from The Mousehole Cat, by Antonia Barber.
Cat care assistant Kirsty Balcombe said: ‘Mowzer very quickly enchanted everyone at the centre. For such a little cat, she has a massive personality.
‘Mowzer could only be described as adorable. It was impossible not to stop and watch when we went past her pen.
‘She was extremely affectionate and loved rolling around and nuzzling people’s feet.
Originally named Toothless by staff at Cats Protection, she is now known as Mowzer from The Mousehole Cat, by Antonia Barber
At 12 weeks old and 22cm long, Mowzer weighed 750g when she went to her new home in Carbis Bay with Dawn Eddy – the weight she should have been when she arrived at the centre
What is feline dwarfism?
Otherwise known as Osteochondrodysplasia, a genetic disorder of the bones and cartilage, feline dwarfism typically shows itself in unusually short legs.
Other symptoms include an undersized jaw, thick-looking joints, curved spine and bow-legged posture.
Dwarf cats can sometimes experience difficulties such as heart or lung problems, mobility difficulties and neurological issues too.
‘She was also very entertaining when she ran around her pen as her legs didn’t really match up with her body, but she never let it hold her back, she was just extremely lively and cute.’
At 12 weeks old and 22cm long, Mowzer weighed 750g when she went to her new home in Carbis Bay with Dawn Eddy – the weight she should have been when she arrived at the centre.
She had also just begun to meow.
Ms Eddy said: ‘Mowzer has now been with us for just over three weeks and my daughter chose to change her name from Toothless to Mowzer because, like The Mousehole Cat, she’s so strong and very special.
‘Mowzer is still under a kilo in weight but certainly has the heart of a lion. She likes to protect the top of the stairs, like a gatekeeper, and she still chases our feet but luckily her paws are very soft and her front teeth are yet to emerge.
‘Her latest challenge is trying to master the feeling of grass under paw, and when she’s finished exploring for the day she loves to fall asleep on people’s shoulders at the base of your neck.’
Osteochondrodysplasia, or feline dwarfism, is extremely rare and tests for it are often inconclusive, although famous cats Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat were both diagnosed with the condition.
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