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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


I don’t like cats, I never have, I’m a dog man through and through. Cats decimate small mammal and bird populations. Around he world they are responsible for a number of extinctions the most famous being the Stephens Island Wren (Xenicus lyalli) that was found only on one small island in New Zealand and wiped out by introduced feral cats in 1895.

I wouldn’t be wantonly cruel to a cat, or indeed any animal, though. Which is why I find what discovered last night very disturbing.
In an answer to my posting on the mystery beast of Falmouth and its possible identity as an aye-aye or a springhare a lady called `Eve` suggested it was something called ‘a twisty cat’. I had not heard of this before so I did some research.
Twisty cats, also known as `squittens` or `kangaroo cats` suffer from a deformity of the radial bones in the front legs. Known as Radial Hypoplasia it causes the front legs to become stunted and almost useless. Sometimes the cat can walk on them in a wobbly fashion but in other cases it hops on its hind legs.

Radial Hypoplasia can occur as a mutaion in nature on rare occations but in the USA there is a sick trend in breeding these unfortunate animals for his specific deformity.


Every time I think I can’t despise the human race any more, my own species proves me wrong. I sincerely hope this appalling trend is not getting a foothold in the UK.
I hope the Falmouth beast is not a poor deformed cat, but Occam’s Razor says it’s more likely than a springhare or aye-aye.

I’m hoping to contact the eyewitness herself but in the meantime here are some pictures of cats with this sad deformity, bred on purpose for the entertainment of sicko humans.


Syd said...

That short video goes to prove that there are some really sick creature in the world that nee culling. I am not talking about the cats.

G L Wilson said...

I love cats, and that is particularly disturbing.

Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

One quick, non-cruel and actually quite amusing way to find out if the falmouth creature is a cat might be to set up a camera and paint catnip oil (or catnip oil mixed with beaver musk) onto an object in front of said camera.

This will attract most of the local cat population, which will then proceed to act in a most peculiar fashion, rubbing themselves against the treated object (it is hypothesised that the catnip mimics a feline semiochemical of some sort).

If the animal is a cat, there's a fairly good chance it will turn up and be filmed.

Tabitca said...

I can hardly bear to look at these poor creatures. My own puss is snoring in the armchair at the moment and I look at him and think these people should be prosecuted for allowing animals to suffer.

Eve said...

Eve is me, I got on my niece's account because I am not registered (careless of me, I should have registered first). I don't know any more than you do, I found out about the Twisty Cats online.
Not everyone who has them is breeding them. Apparently some pedigree cats have a tendency to produce a few kittens like that, and the breeders keep them as they may have other medical problems.
Of course there are idiots who will breed them and sell them (sigh . . . . ).