Frankie and his brother were under a house in Geelong, Australia, when rescuers found the kittens hiding. They were stunned when they saw the little stray had an extra set of ears, one in front of the other, and a deformed right eye.
They took the kitten pair to Geelong Animal Welfare Society where he made quite an impression on the shelter volunteers caring for him, especially Georgia Anderson.
“I’d heard that a kitten with four ears had come in and was in the vet clinic waiting for surgery to remove his eye, so I went up to have a look at him,” Anderson said.
It was the cat’s loving personality that drew her closer. “He would have been in a lot of pain, but the first thing he did when I picked him up was purr and rub his face on mine,” Anderson said. “I told the girls in the vet clinic that I would foster him for recovery after his eye removal.”
Anderson dubbed the one-eyed cat Frankenkitten, because of the prominent stitches that now run along the side of his face.
The tiny 10-week-old kitten had been through so much in his short life, and when Anderson brought him home, Frankie’s sweet demeanor didn’t change one bit.
“When I got him home, he was very dopey and in pain, but still had so much love and affection for me, the kids and other animals,” Anderson said. “By the next morning, I’d decided that I wanted to keep him.”
Frankie was really special, but not for the obvious reasons.
“I’ve probably fostered around 80 cats and kittens in the last year, and he was the first one that I knew I would regret giving back,” Anderson added.
Once the shelter’s required eight-day holding period ended, Frankie officially joined Anderson’s raucous family, gaining three cat siblings, Toothless, Mina and Lucius Malfoy, and a beagle brother named Dudley.
Frankie is healing quickly, but is not out of the woods just yet where his health is concerned. Four-eared cats often suffer from accompanying genetic issues, such as dwarfism or cognitive disabilities, Frankie was born with a large overbite that will require extensive dental work when he gets a little older.
“We are still waiting for his adult teeth to grow (roughly another five months), but when they do, his lower canines will need removing,” Anderson said. “If they aren’t removed, they will cause damage to his palate when he closes his mouth. His upper canines should be able to remain, but they are probably going to hang out of his mouth like little vampire teeth.”
Frankie’s rare genetic abnormality does not get in the way of him enjoying his kittenhood. “None of this seems to affect his playing, as he is constantly tearing around the house,” Anderson noted. “At the moment, he is zooming around the house with three kittens I’m fostering. He loves rough-and-tumble play.”
Frankie’s mom has tried to get him to wear a specially-made eye patch, but he just takes it off.
Frankie’s mom is doing everything she can to help him grow up safe and strong.
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