Being Born Different Doesn’t Shake Kitten’s Spirit

Maverick the kitten may look different from most others, but he has an abundance of personality and love to offer. At the age of six months, the little feline born with an extra chromosome was brought to an animal shelter. The extra chromosome results in a condition similar to Down’s Syndrome in humans. Additionally, little Maverick has crossed eyes and a moderate case of hydrocephalus (fluid buildup in the cranium).

The shelter’s resources were limited and unable to provide for his special needs, so they reached out to Odd Cats Sanctuary in Salem, Massachusetts which specializes in caring for such cats. Sanctuary staff fell head-over-heels for the adorable little feline and accepted him immediately into their fold, assigning him a dedicated foster caregiver.

The chummy kitty makes friends everywhere he goes and is exceptionally talkative, so he fit into his new home at the sanctuary immediately, chirping and tapping at his special human, Tara, for attention. Maverick adjusted quickly to life at the sanctuary and soon had everyone entertained with his funny and endearing antics.

Although his vision is slightly distorted from his crossed eyes, and his breathing is sometimes a little bit noisy, he plays and grapples with the other cats in his home just like any cat would. Maverick enjoys giving head butts with any new cat or human he meets. He’s really in the ideal home now, since the little guy loves attention and he’s constantly surrounded with a plethora of cats and humans alike. He’s in seventh heaven in his new life.

Being Born Different Doesn’t Shake Kitten’s Spirit