I hear you purrrfect! Meet the one-year-old rescue cat Aslan who was born with four ears and finally found a home
- Aslan the cat was born with four ears, a rare recessive gene found in cats
- Owner Swati Komanduri, 41, helped save him and 14 siblings last year
- “I am so happy to have the privilege of taking care of him,” said Komanduri
- Despite the anomaly, Aslan enjoys everyday life with a loving owner and fellow pets
An adorable rescue cat who was born with four ears was eventually adopted by a Pennsylvania woman.
Aslan, the one-year-old domestic shorthair mix, has an extra pair of ears on his head, which sit just behind his first pair.
His new owner, Swati Komanduri, 41, a financial analyst, adopted Aslan after the group she volunteers for, Animal Safe Haven and Adoptions, rescued the kitten and his siblings from an auto repair shop last year.
Aslan the cat was born with four ears. He and 14 siblings were rescued last year
The four-eared gene is rare in cats. It’s a recessive trait and two four-eared cats have only a 50% chance of passing it on to their kittens
Swati Komanduri, from Pennsylvania, adopted the kitten after rescuing him
She says she feels privileged to care for and raise the rare cat
Despite his deviation, Komanduri says the kitten is very playful and enjoys his time in the house
“I got a call that 14 kittens have been rescued from a colony,” Komanduri said. “When I went to pick up the new kittens, I was told there was a small kitten with four ears.
“I’ve never seen a cat with four ears. I didn’t even know about this mutation.’
The mutation is rare.
According to a 1957 study in the Journal of Heredity, researchers found that the four-eared gene is a rare, recessive gene. When two cats that carry the recessive gene but don’t display it breed, they have only a 50% chance of having an offspring that displays the four ears.
Aslan’s special qualities have earned him thousands of followers on social media.
Despite his physical abnormality and mild eating problems, Aslan has no other problems and leads a very normal life.
Aslan is a one year old tame shorthair mix
Komanduri noted that the cat likes to eat all meals
His extra ears are just behind the first pair
Komanduri said Aslan is trained to wear a leash and likes to walk outside
“He’s a very talkative and sociable cat,” Komanduri said. ‘He likes and demands to go for a walk. He insists on tasting everything and if he doesn’t get what he wants for food or treats, he steals it and runs away.’
The loving owner added that the cat loves to play with the other pets in the house.
“I am so happy to have the privilege of taking care of him,” Komanduri said. “He’s mine forever.”
Aslan is very playful and likes to have pictures taken to post on social media
Komanduri said the cat is in good health after being rescued last year
Aslan also likes to be carried
The loving owner said she would take care of Aslan ‘forever’
Why are some cats born with four ears?
- Scientists say the traits are a genetic abnormality linked to smaller eyes and a smaller underbite
- The mutation is believed to be caused when the brain is affected in the womb
- Researchers discovered in 1957 that the gene is a recessive trait
- When two cats that carry the recessive gene but don’t display it breed, they have only a 50% chance of passing on the trait
- Although data in the early 20th century indicated that the mutation was fatal in a kitten’s development in utero, modern four-eared cats have lived relatively healthy lives.
Source: Journal of Heredity and PetMD