Did you know that the beautiful Scottish Fold felines have their distinctive folded ears due to natural dominant mutation in the Fd gene? Or that Manx cats, a breed originating from the Isle of Man, have a small stub instead of a tail due to a naturally occurring mutation?

Well, some of the genetic anomalies can result in very interesting differences in physical appearance. Just think of Instagram’s supawstars like Midas the cat taking the internet by storm with its four ears, or the deceased Grumpy Cat whose ‘grumpy appearance’ was due to underbite and feline dwarfism.

So this post is about the tricks of nature that resulted in unusual and occasionally even wholesome genetic surprises in the animal kingdom. After you’re done with this post, be sure to check out Bored Panda's previous feature about unique-looking pets!

#1

Meet Narnia, A Rare Two Faced Cat

Meet Narnia, A Rare Two Faced Cat

This blue-eyed kitten’s face was precisely divided into two halves: a gray half and a black half, and everyone was surprised when they first saw him.

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#2

Zeus The German Shepherd Dog With Dwarfism

Zeus The German Shepherd Dog With Dwarfism

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Friday
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omg, I’m in love! All hail mighty Zeus!

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#3

She Has The Most Gorgeous Eyes

She Has The Most Gorgeous Eyes

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There’s no definite answer to how common genetic abnormalities are in cats and other pets, the pet health and well-being expert Yulia Popyk from Petcube told Bored Panda, as it can vary greatly depending on the specific genetic abnormality and the population of cats being considered. “However, some estimates suggest that around 3-5% of all cats may be affected by a genetic abnormality. There are a variety of different factors that can contribute to the development of genetic abnormalities, including exposure to environmental toxins, dietary deficiencies, and mutations,” Yulia said.

#4

This Stunning Cat With Striking Two Coloured Eyes Due To A Rare Genetic Condition

This Stunning Cat With Striking Two Coloured Eyes Due To A Rare Genetic Condition

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Riley Warrick
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is super cool! I've always been fascinated by eye colors. I can't see people's eye colors. So I like to look at pictures like this.

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#5

Rainbow Reticulated Python. Just Another Reminder That There Are So Many Beautiful Things In This World That Are Underappreciated - Including Snakes

Rainbow Reticulated Python. Just Another Reminder That There Are So Many Beautiful Things In This World That Are Underappreciated - Including Snakes

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#6

This Is Fanny. She Has A Rare Skin Condition Called Vitiligo, Causing Her Hair To Depigment

This Is Fanny. She Has A Rare Skin Condition Called Vitiligo, Causing Her Hair To Depigment

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Petcube’s pet health expert said that some genetic abnormalities that have been reported in cats include congenital defects of the heart, kidneys, and eyes, among others. “While the exact cause of these abnormalities is not always clear, they are believed to be the result of inbreeding or other genetic factors.”

If you believe that your cat might be born with an abnormality that will critically influence their life, well-being, and health, it would be a good idea to consider subscribing to the emergency vet fund. “The service is basically an untraditional pet insurance product, which provides a direct payment to your vet clinic in a pet’s life-threatening emergency. Moreover, Emergency Fund covers any immediate medical issues which might occur to your cat due to genetic abnormalities,” Yulia said.

#7

Holy Toebeans Big Foot

Holy Toebeans Big Foot

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Pjerrot
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would Love every single litlle Beanietoe😍😍😍😍

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#8

Cat With 4 Ears

Cat With 4 Ears

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#9

I Foster With My Local Shelter And Received A Litter With One Kitten Who Has Dwarfism. She's Half The Size Of Her Littermates. Highly Criminal. Just Dastardly

I Foster With My Local Shelter And Received A Litter With One Kitten Who Has Dwarfism. She's Half The Size Of Her Littermates. Highly Criminal. Just Dastardly

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Pjerrot
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Come here,Litlle Soul♥️♥️

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There are many mutations that are specific to particular breeds. “For example, the gene for short coat length is found only in certain breeds of dogs, such as poodles and Bichon Frises. Other examples include the genes for blue or green eyes, which are found in certain breeds of dogs, such as Siberian huskies, Alaskan malamutes, and Australian cattle dogs. The cocker spaniel breed is prone to a genetic mutation that causes a form of deafness.”

Yulia also said that “the blue coat color in Russian blue cats is caused by a mutation in the gene that encodes the protein melanophilin. This mutation is found only in Russian blue cats and is not found in any other breeds.”

#10

Feel Free To Boop Or High Five The Snoot

Feel Free To Boop Or High Five The Snoot

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#11

This Cat Must Have A Secret Identity

This Cat Must Have A Secret Identity

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#12

My Cat Has A Genetic Mutation That Makes Her Eyes Weird, Her Sight Is Perfect

My Cat Has A Genetic Mutation That Makes Her Eyes Weird, Her Sight Is Perfect

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Friday
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Eyes like cracked marbles, beautiful!

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Moreover, “The mutation that causes the Siamese cat’s characteristic blue eyes is only found in that breed. The mutation that causes the hairless trait in Chinese crested dogs is relatively common in that breed but is very rare in other breeds. Other examples include the Manx cat’s taillessness, the Scottish fold’s folded ears, and the sphynx’s hairlessness,” Yulia told us and added that mutation largely depends on the specific genetics of each individual breed.

#13

My Girl Has Vitiligo. She Was Solid Black When We Got Her, And Every Year She Gets A Few More Spots

My Girl Has Vitiligo. She Was Solid Black When We Got Her, And Every Year She Gets A Few More Spots

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#14

Frankie, One-Eyed Kitty With Four Ears Finds A Foster Home

Frankie, One-Eyed Kitty With Four Ears Finds A Foster Home

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Friday
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Frankie must be protected at all costs

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#15

Dexter And His Abnormally Long Tail

Dexter And His Abnormally Long Tail

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Pjerrot
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Does he hang from the Trees in tail & swing like a 🐒

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Meanwhile, some mutations are more common in certain breeds than others. “For example, the dachshund breed is known for its short legs, which is caused by a mutation in the genes that control limb development. The dachshund-specific mutation called intervertebral disc disease is a condition that affects the discs between the vertebrae. This can cause pain, paralysis, and even death in affected dogs. Other breeds have mutations that cause them to have unique coat colors or patterns, such as the brindle coat of the Staffordshire bull terrier,” Yulia explained.

#16

People Always Tell Me My Cat Has The Most Beautiful Eyes

People Always Tell Me My Cat Has The Most Beautiful Eyes

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#17

Found This Bunny With Unique Markings- Wanted You To Know That You’re Unique. You’re Loved. Just Like This Bun

Found This Bunny With Unique Markings- Wanted You To Know That You’re Unique. You’re Loved. Just Like This Bun

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#18

Meet Pixel, My Beautiful Kitten With Heterochromia

Meet Pixel, My Beautiful Kitten With Heterochromia

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GoodWolf
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the most beautiful cat I've ever seen. I'm in love.

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#19

Rowdy Met A New Friend Today. This Is Marcus And He Has Such A Great Attitude About His Vitiligo. He Thinks It's Pretty Cool

Rowdy Met A New Friend Today. This Is Marcus And He Has Such A Great Attitude About His Vitiligo. He Thinks It's Pretty Cool

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Sue Lynn Chan
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If the eye is yellow, it would looks like two eggs

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#20

I Am A Little Tiger... Vitiligo

I Am A Little Tiger... Vitiligo

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#21

I Saw An Adult German Shepherd That's Diagnosed With Dwarfism Today And It's The Cutest Thing I Saw All Year

I Saw An Adult German Shepherd That's Diagnosed With Dwarfism Today And It's The Cutest Thing I Saw All Year

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#22

I Was Told My New Rescue Pup Has The Rarest Of Ears

I Was Told My New Rescue Pup Has The Rarest Of Ears

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Falcon dimi
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Seems like he is looking in to the wind

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#23

Elli Was Born With Tuxedo Markings And Turned Almost Completely White In Three Years Due To Vitiligo

Elli Was Born With Tuxedo Markings And Turned Almost Completely White In Three Years Due To Vitiligo

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#24

New Housemate Has More Thumbs Than I Was Expecting

New Housemate Has More Thumbs Than I Was Expecting

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Friday
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That kitten has mittens

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#25

A Golden Retriever With A Rare Black Patch On Its Face

A Golden Retriever With A Rare Black Patch On Its Face

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#26

Spade, The Albino Doberman

Spade, The Albino Doberman

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#27

House Cat Suffering From Myostatin-Related Muscle Hypertrophy - A Rare Condition That Causes Muscles To Grow Excessively Large

House Cat Suffering From Myostatin-Related Muscle Hypertrophy - A Rare Condition That Causes Muscles To Grow Excessively Large

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Alias Delfs
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m not afraid to get scratched I’m afraid I’ll get punched

Heather Lambie
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hope he’s not in constant pain😕

Michelle A
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All i could think about. Hope he isnt in pain.

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Robert T
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'll be disappointed if his name isn't Muscles McGraw.

Jan Eivroc
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it in pain with all those muscles? I wish this beautiful creature well!

best turtle
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that cat looks like it can suplex a great dane

Monika Rhodes
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it me or is that cat declawed?

Eucritta
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Probably just trimmed short. Those are normal looking claw sheaths with skin folds for a Sphynx, and the gripping left paw looks to have all joints functional. With some Sphynx, when the claws are trimmed short they retract fully inside the sheath. There's some just barely visible in the hind paw.

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Scarbez
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At some point he is going to start talking about crossfit

Xenon
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That cat could punch you into next week!

Shinobi Shabby
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Does this have any ill effects?

Wendy
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It can. All the muscles grow, and since the tongue is also a muscle the cat can have trouble swallowing. There are medications that might help. It apparently is more dangerous for wild animals that need speed to hunt, cause they will be slower and less agile.

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Josias Sarquiz
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

- Does your cat bite? - No. He punches really hard

CrAzY
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Buff kitty 💪🐈

Melissa J
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cat version of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. 💪😎

Catmandu
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Super cat super cat does whatever cats dooo

CaityDunks
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks for the throwback lol #SpiderPig

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Avery Cotton
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, it's just a cat on steroids

🥔SaltyPotato🥔
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He could win an armwrestle against the rock.

Chandelure F-5
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This could mug other cats if it wanted to.

Faith Nicole
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Holy cow! This cat can literally kick my a*s.. But seriously, I hope kitty is OK, and these useless of his do not affect his health or safety

Eliza May
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poor kitty, hope it isn't painful, and that he can run and play.

Xin Yen
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that cat’s gonna me so much ripped than I’ll ever be in my life

Amy Stone-Chandler
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wouldn't want to run into this cat in a dark alley!

Zander Chan
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

THAT CAT IS STRONGER THAN MEE!!

Nanami Bear
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

His paw looks like a whole a*s man's hand, my friend 😭😭

Lilith
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With a cat like this who needs a guard dog?!

Mare Freed
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He looks like a Greek god.

EJN
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Are they strong because of the muscles?

Marie deHeryng
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aww hope little one is not in any pain because of this condition!! I thought it was because of steroidoil medical issue or something but hadn't heard of this condition before!!! Bless kitty's heart!💖💖💖💖💖

Omiyaru
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They aren't suffering, but you itf you don't feed them on time, or tell them to get off the table

Jeff Bunn
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That’s one badass cat!! You should name him “Arnold” after Arnold Schwarzenegger!!

Paulo Zenari
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Therapist: Kittybull is not real; it can't hurt you. Kittybull:

The pizza girl is here!
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow. That is the best thing I have seen all day.

Paul Drake
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Just send that dog over here, I'm ready to take him on."

Fred the rat king
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That cat could break my arm and I’d still try to pet it

Kelly Smoak
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never anger that cat. Give him everything he wants.

Lynn Naude
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hope he isn't in pain. Looks so powerful 😍

Ruth Hempsey
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful Egyptian cat, no wonder they were treasured. I hope his condition doesnt cause any future discomfort. Xxx🐈‍⬛

Keerthi Vardhan
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If he scratches, I guess he'll be making 4 slices out of that swipe. Hope the other cats treat him like Arnold in their community.

Fearhunter
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When you eat steroids during pregnancy

Elliebean13
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He is the champion of arm wrestling!

Len Mastin
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope it does not cause him any pain.

Oliver Ruddell
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish I could have that bod 🥲

Moon
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Buff kitty. Does it go to the gym or something? (Jk)

Starwolf54509
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really hope this cat isn't in any pain, but apart from that concern- Oh my goodness there's literally a buff sphynx cat in this world. We have all been blessed by his sheer presence.