Would you like your pet to be spayed, neutered…or both?
It sounds like a bizarre question, but a family in Newfoundland is trying to figure out how to answer it after taking their pet cat Mittens to the vet. That’s because Mittens is a little different from most cats. It walks like a cat, purrs like a cat and meows like a cat, but there’s one thing that sets it apart from the others: Mittens is a hermaphrodite.
Yes, you read that correctly. The pet has both male and female genitalia. Her owner, Colleen Clarke-Murphy of Newfoundland, only found out recently after taking the animal in for a basic examination. Her daughter had found it on the street just days earlier and thought it had been abandoned.
But when Clarke-Murphy heard the vet’s news, her eyes went wide. “Did I just hear you right?” she asked, according to the CBC.
Now comes the big question: Male or female? Clarke-Murphy said she wanted to have another female cat, but is trusting the vet’s opinion that Mittens should be a male.
“They’re the ones who know what they’re doing. I mean, I really don’t know. I’d like for it to be a female, but it really don’t matter. It’s got both parts,” she said.
The cat will ultimately be both spayed and neutered before the gender assignment takes place. The bills that come as a result will cost about $1,500. But Clarke-Murphy says it’s all worth it, as long as Mittens ends up happy and healthy. The cat has some bowel issues and trouble urinating as a result of its dual gender.
But hopefully after this, ol’ Mittens will be back to worrying about typical cat things, like feeding time and chasing string.
Instead of, you know, GENDER REASSIGNMENT.