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Cat with two noses found in adoption centre
Nanny McPhee's noteworthy noses are believed to be the result of a congenitial abnormality.
Nanny McPhee has already found a new home.

A four-year-old cat has amazed her carers after it was discovered that she has two noses.

Staff at Cats Protection’s adoption centre in Warrington initially thought that the homeless moggy simply had a sizeable snout, before the centre’s veterinary officer discovered that she actually had two noses.

The black-and-white cat is affectionately named Nanny McPhee, after the fictional witch with a famously deformed nose.

Nanny McPhee’s noteworthy noses are believed to be a result of a congenital abnormality developed at birth. She has not suffered any ill effects for from her unique physiognomy.

Cats Protection’s senior field veterinary office Fiona Brockbank said: “This is a real rarity and, thankfully, it isn’t causing her any problems at all. A cat with two noses is a first for us in the Field Vet team.

“Other congenital malformations within that area of a cat such as a cleft lip and cleft palate are not uncommon and can either be inherited or due to incident whilst developing in the uterus. Like all of our cats Nanny McPhee will be neutered before rehoming so any concerns about inherited problems are resolved as she won’t have kittens.”

Nanny McPhee was brought into the shelter with two other cats, after her previous owner’s ill health and financial circumstances meant they could no longer care for them.

The extraordinary feline quickly won the hearts of the staff and volunteers at the shelter, not only for her rare appearance, but also for her gentle and cuddly nature.

Her nationwide fame has meant that Nanny McPhee was quickly reserved, and will be heading off to her forever home any day now.

Image © Cats Protection

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Charities' XL bully neutering scheme closes

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 A scheme that helped owners of XL bully dogs with the cost of neutering has closed to new applications due to high demand.

The scheme, run by the RSPCA, Blue Cross, and Battersea, has helped 1,800 dogs and their owners after XL bullies were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In England and Wales, owners of XL bully dogs which were over one year old on 31 January 2021 have until 30 June 2024 to get their dog neutered. If a dog was between seven months and 12 months old, it must be neutered by 31 December 2024. If it was under seven months old, owners have until 30 June 2025.

More information can be found on the Defra website. 

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