Adorable kitten with rare form of dwarfism finds new home

A tiny kitten believed to have a rare form of dwarfism has found a new home.

Mowzer arrived at Cats Protection’s Cornwall Adoption Centre in Carnon Downs covered in fleas and with an eye infection when she was seven weeks old.

She and the rest of her litter were taken after being born to a feral mother on a farm near Penzance.

But staff noticed the black and white kitty looked more like a three-week-old and that her short legs made her body look out of proportion. During a health check-up the vet also noted that she had very blue eyes and no teeth.

It’s thought that Mowzer has osteochondrodysplasia – also known as or feline dwarfism – but there’s no formal diagnosis as tests for the condition often come back inconclusive.

Due to her appearance, the tiny moggy was originally named Toothless – from the film How to Train Your Dragon. Her litter-mates were named after fellow characters Astrid, Rough Nut and Velkra.

She’s since been renamed as Mowzer – a character from children’s book The Mousehouse Cat.

But, despite her small appearance, she has a big personality.

Cat care assistant Kirsty Balcombe said: ‘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.

‘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.’

Mowzer went to her new home at 12 weeks old at just 22cm long and weighing 750g – the weight she should have been when she arrived at the Adoption Centre.

She’s been with her new owners, Carbis Bay with Dawn Eddy, for just over three weeks and is settling in nicely.

Dawn said: ‘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.’

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