Venus, The Amazing Chimera Cat

When a friend of this cat’s mom snapped some photos of her and posted them to reddit, no one had any idea they would immediately go super viral and that she would be accused of photoshopping her incredible kitty. The owner has taken the accusations in stride and — thankfully for those of us that just like pretty kitties — responded by posting tons more pictures and video of the gorgeous Venus.

1. The first pic that made Venus a star

Venus is most likely a “chimera” — an animal composed of two populations of genetically distinct cells that originated from different zygotes. This means one would have two different sets of DNA. She is also, relatedly, heterochromatic — her eyes are two different colors.

2. More lovely pictures of Venus at home…

Venus’s mom found her via facebook, when one of her friends posted pictures of a stray kitten litter at a dairy farm in North Carolina. She immediately took to Venus because she already had two cats — an orange tabby and a black tuxedo cat — and Venus looked like a perfect split between the two. She called the farm’s owner immediately and her husband flew to NC to get her — flying her back in a carrier sitting on his lap.

The family named Venus for the goddess of beauty and love. Her mom says that she is “as sweet as can be….gentle, loving, and has this little tiny kitten like meow even though she is 3 now.”

Venus is very small — she’s fully grown, but she actually only weighs five pounds. Her owner wrote on facebook “She is such a wonderful cat and I’d be just as in love with her even if she wasn’t so pretty. Her personality is as beautiful as her outside is.” All together now: awwwww.

9. Venus with her kitty pals

10. Venus chilling with her fancy handbag

11. And at last, Venus on video!

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