Staff and volunteers at Cats Protection’s Warrington Adoption Centre originally thought the four-year-old moggy just had a rather large nose. A check-up by the centre’s vet revealed she in fact has two noses, caused by a congenital abnormality.
Named Nanny McPhee after the fictional witch with a famously deformed nose, the black-and-white cat has suffered no ill effects from her double snout.
Cats Protection’s Senior Field Veterinary Officer Fiona Brockbank said: “This is a real rarity and, thankfully, it isn’t causing her any problems at all. A cat with two noses is a first for us in the Field Vet team.
“Other congenital malformations within that area of a cat such as a cleft lip and cleft palate are not uncommon and can either be inherited or due to incident whilst developing in the uterus. Like all of our cats Nanny McPhee will be neutered before rehoming so any concerns about inherited problems are resolved as she won’t have kittens.”
Nanny McPhee was handed in to the Warrington Adoption Centre with two other cats after their owner’s ill health and financial circumstances meant they could no longer care for them.
Centre Manager Lindsay Kerr said: “We have all fallen in love with our one-of-a-kind Nanny McPhee. We can’t stop looking at her two noses!
“She has proven to be a gentle lady who adores a fuss and a cuddle and we are hopeful her new-found fame will mean she will have no shortage of potential adopters. She really does deserve a home where she can settle down and become the centre of a loving family.”
To enquire about adopting Nanny McPhee, please visit www.cats.org.uk/warrington