She explained: “There’s an outside possibility of some ectopic ovarian tissue hiding away internally but we think this is extremely unlikely … This is so rare that there isn’t really a commonly used term for this condition, but it is effectively sexual organ agenesis.
“While this means we don’t have any previous cases [on which] to base our knowledge of how this will affect Hope in the future, we spent time monitoring this cat to ensure they can urinate and defecate appropriately before they were considered ready for rehoming.”
Now, the charity hopes to find a home for the unusual kitten which has been described in one Instagram comment as a "Non-Binary Icon". Hope has reportedly captured the hearts of staff and volunteers at both the Cats Protection’s Warrington adoption centre and the Tyneside adoption centre in Gateshead.
Beni Benstead, the Tyneside centre manager, said: “Discovering Hope’s special status has been an exciting time, as none of us has seen this before or is likely to again.
“Hope has been a delight to care for and it is fantastic that they are now ready to be adopted. We know they will bring someone many years of fun and companionship. We would also be extremely grateful to hear updates on our Tyneside superstar.”
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