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Sarah Elliot, Cats Protection’s central veterinary officer, said: “Hermaphrodite – or intersex – cats do not frequently occur so Bellini is one of the more unusual cats to be found.” “This may arise through mosaicism – when a kitten’s cells divide unusually while the kitten is a growing embryo.
“Such mosaicism may result in a cat with either male or female reproductive organs and genitalia, or a pair of mixed reproductive organs and genitalia.