Couple adopts kitten with a rare genetic condition
Michael Bjorn and Mikala Klein are a young couple from Denmark. They live together with their cats and decided to bring in another addition to the family: a kitten named Monty. Thinking that they had simply added one more feline to the household, the young couple were surprised to find out that the little grey and white furball was not a typical cat at all.
Monty had spent a lot of time in an animal shelter and it appeared that no one wanted to adopt him. This was probably because he looked a bit different from the other cats due to a missing bone in his nose. But Michael and Mikala knew at first sight that Monty belonged with them. When they got him home, however, they noticed that something wasn't quite right with him.
Monty did his business just about everywhere except the litter box. At first, his new owners thought he was just trying to mark his territory — the young tomcat was most likely trying to establish himself among the other cats. Michael and Mikala were frustrated when they kept finding puddles all over the house and they considered giving Monty up to new owners.
The couple tried to find a suitable family where he could be happy. But in the end, they decided they couldn't just give up on the little guy. So they took him to the vet and finally found out why we had been behaving so strangely.
It turned out that Monty has Trisomie 21, which means that he has an extra copy of his 21st chromosome. In humans this is known as Down syndrome. Monty is a rarity — there are only a few animals in the world with this unique genetic sequence. Finally his owners understood why Monty was acting so differently than the other cats and having accidents all over the house.
Monty is now a loving member of this young family. He's happy to play with his owners and the other cats in the house and he's already won over the hearts of thousands on his popular Facebook and Instagram accounts!
Monty is so beloved, in fact, that Michael and Mikala started a "Monty" brand with clothes, toys, and cards featuring Monty's sweet face. All the proceeds are donated to the shelter where Monty used to live.
Monty is a happy cat and is living like a king in his new home. Who would've imagined this special cat would capture the hearts of so many? We wish him and his family a long and happy life together!