At first glance, Unicorn is a pretty cat with a calico coat like many others. However, unlike most of his fellow cats with identical coats, he is male, and this is particularly rare. The vets who treated him had never seen a similar case before.
Unicorn arrived at the home of Alli Magish, a volunteer foster carer for the NoCo Kitties association, with his mother and the rest of his siblings. His foster carer quickly noticed that he had male gonads, which was very surprising. Indeed, his calico coat suggested that he was a female, as in the vast majority of cases. In reality, the special kitten was one of the small percentage of males with this characteristic.
Unicorn has 2 sisters with tricoloured fur like him. At first, he was no different from them, as his genitals had not yet developed. But Alli Magish was surprised to discover that he had male attributes as he grew up. She decided to take him to several vets to find out for sure.
A unique animal
After seeing 2 experts, the conclusion was the same: the young quadruped was definitely male. According to the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, mentioned by USA Today, only one in 3,000 calico cats is male. They are generally referred to as ‘unicorn cats’ because of this particularity.
Alli Magish’s protégé is therefore a unique and rare animal. The vets who took him in had never seen such a feline before: “We just thought how incredibly unusual and funny it was,” said one of them.
It was a big hit with Internet users
With such a characteristic, the cat named “Unicorn” did not go unnoticed. His benefactor knew that he would have no trouble finding an adopter once he was old enough to leave his foster home: “We’ll probably get huge adoption offers for him, but we want him to go to the best home, and that’s not necessarily the one that might be the highest bidder”, she said.
As Alli Magish had predicted, over 400 people came forward to adopt him. He quickly found his forever home, Kate, and has settled in very well in his permanent home, meeting his new feline brother, Cooper, at the same time.