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21st June 2024

Cats Protection North Antrim & Glens is currently caring for a six-month-old kitten, Ducati, who was found as a stray on an industrial estate on 9 May.

Ducati is an intersex cat with both male and female reproductive organs, an extremely rare condition caused by genetic mutations, chromosomal abnormalities, or hormonal imbalances in the womb. 

Jodie Burnside, Branch Volunteer, said: “When Ducati arrived, we initially identified him as male, but reports of males attempting to mate with him while he was straying raised our suspicions.

“We were amazed to discover during neutering that Ducati is actually both male and female! Ducati has a penis, one testicle, one ovary, and a uterus.

“While being an intersex cat shouldn’t cause Ducati any health issues, they also needed an eye removing due to suffering as a kitten from flu which threatened their eye rupturing. 
“The treatments Ducati required have cost over £500, and we urgently need support. 

“Thankfully, Ducati has healed well from a number of surgeries and is now in the care of one of our loving fosterers until they find their forever home.”

Cats Protection North Antrim & Glens uniquely offers free transport for adopted cats anywhere in Northern Ireland, ensuring convenience for adopters regardless of distance. 

Their adoption fee includes neutering, flea and worm treatment, vaccinations, four weeks of insurance, and veterinary checks. Additionally, they provide the next due flea and worm treatment for free, and a bag of food to help new owners. 

Jodie continued: “This year, we’ve faced a drastic increase in cat abandonment and a reduction in adoption rates, making it challenging to find permanent homes for our cats.

“We would love to hear from any potential adopters for Ducati, or any of our other cats looking for the perfect home.”

Meet the cats at Cats Protection North Antrim & Glens looking for a new home:

Support the branch’s Just Giving appeal for Ducatti here: North Antrim and Glens Branch Cats Protection is fundraising for Cats Protection (


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Notes to Editors:

  1. Cats Protection, the UK's leading cat welfare charity, helps an average of 157,000 cats and kittens a year through its national network which includes around 200 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres.
  2. Cats Protection was founded in 1927 as the Cats Protection League. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity.
  3. Cats Protection is a registered charity 203644 (England and Wales), SC037711 (Scotland) and is listed as a Section 167 Institution by the Charity Commission of Northern Ireland. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (06772997). Registered office National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 7TT
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