Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hermaphroditic cat to get gender assignment surgery

Newfoundland family got a surprise when they took their new pet Mittens to a vet

CBC News Posted: Jan 21, 2015 6:30 AM NT

Mittens is a seemingly regular household cat that enjoys being scratched under the chin and chasing string around, but there's one thing about a Newfoundland family's pet that sets it apart – Mittens is a hermaphrodite.

Colleen Clarke-Murphy, who lives in Heart's Desire, says her daughter brought Mittens home thinking it was a sick stray that had been abandoned by its owner.


Colleen Clarke-Murphy, of Heart's Desire, N.L., says she was shocked when her veterinarian told her the cat who followed her daughter home had both male and female genitalia. (CBC)

She took the cat to a local veterinarian, and after an examination in October got the news that makes Mittens unique.

The cat has both male and female genitalia.

The vet told Clarke-Murphy the cat would need to be both spayed and neutered, and then have reconstructive surgery once a gender is assigned.


Vet bill will be about $1,500


Editors Note:  Why put the cat through the ordeal and pain of multiple operations? May be the cat wants to have both genitalia.