“One-of-a-Kind” Cat With Two Noses Searches for Her Forever Home

by Britt
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As rescue cat parents and rescue advocates, we know firsthand that every cat has a unique story to tell. But some cats truly stand out and make their mark on the world. Nanny McPhee, a rescue cat who recently came into the care of the Cats Protection Warrington Adoption Centre. It’s not the way this sweet girl came into the shelter or her life before that has everyone talking… It’s a VERY unique physical feature – her nose, or “noses,” in her case!

The sweet kitty lived in a loving home for the first four years of her life. Unfortunately, her previous owner had to make the difficult decision to contact a rescue due to health and financial reasons.

When Nanny McPhee first arrived at the rescue, volunteers and rescue workers noticed a few things about the tuxedo kitty. First, she was a very gentle lady with a love for attention.

“She has proven to be a gentle lady who adores a fuss and a cuddle, and we are hopeful her new-found fame will mean she will have no shortage of potential adopters,” shared shelter manager Lindsay Kerr. “She really does deserve a home where she can settle down and become the center of a loving family.”

Second, they noticed she had a surprisingly large nose. It was this unique feature that led to her being named after the popular children’s character.

But that signature sniffer was hiding an even bigger secret.

A check-up with a local veterinarian revealed that the cat had not one but TWO noses, creating the appearance of one large snout. When asked about the discovery, senior field veterinary officer Fiona Brockbank explained that it was the first time they had seen this but that the cat’s unique appearance resulted from a congenital malformation. Other more common examples of this include cleft palates or cleft lips. These conditions can be inherited or caused by an incident during development in utero.

“This is a real rarity, and, thankfully, it isn’t causing her any problems at all,” Brockbank explained.

Is there a happy ending in the future for Nanny McPhee? A quick look at the Cats Protection Warrington Adoption Centre website reveals that she is currently “Reserved.” This means someone has officially started the adoption process to bring this sweet girl home. We wish her and her new family the best of luck as they begin this next chapter of their lives together!

While Nanny McPhee may no longer be available for adoption, this serves as a great reminder to potential adopters to consider ALL pets currently waiting in our shelters and rescue organizations, including those that may look “a little different.”

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.2 million cats enter U.S. animal shelters each year. This includes cats of all ages, sizes, energy levels, appearances, and personalities. We highly encourage connecting with local rescues if you want to add a kitty to your family member. Even if your newest family member isn’t in their care, they can help to connect you with other organizations until you discover your perfect match.


Britt Kascjak is a proud pet mom, sharing her heart (and her home) with her “pack” which includes her husband John, their 2 dogs – Lucifer and Willow – and their 2 cats – Pippen and Jinx. She has been active in the animal rescue community for over 15 years, volunteering, fostering and advocating for organizations across Canada and the US. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around the country camping, hiking, and canoeing with her pets.

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