An abandoned cat born with extra thumbs has become a social media sensation.
Snowy white Sansa, aged six, was born with rare condition heterochromia and has two different eye colours – one blue and one green – along with six digits on each front paw.
The adorable kitty was found abandoned by animal rescue staff in New York City earlier this year.
Today, the moggy’s unusual looks have attracted 200,000 fans on social media – and thankfully she’s gone to a loving home.
Sansa’s new owner, who only wants to be referred to as Karen, said: “Many people have expressed how much they love Sansa’s uniqueness with her different coloured eyes and extra toes.”
The animal lover, 33, says she did not adopt Sansa for her unique thumbs, but rather she wanted to save her from being confined to a cage, as the kitty suffers from anxiety.
“We were informed that her foster desperately wanted her adopted because she was so anxious that she needed to be kept in a carrier at all times,” Karen, of New York, added.
“I felt an immediate connection to her [Sansa] because I suffer from anxiety myself, and I knew that I wanted her to be a part of our family before I even saw her.
“Imagine my surprise when I realised that she had different coloured eyes and extra toes.”
After being brought home, it took Sansa a long time to trust her owners. She was always fearful and would hide, only coming out for food.
The snowy moggy was later diagnosed with Feline Hyperesthesia Disorder, a type of anxiety.
Karen added: “Shortly after she came home, we realised that Sansa exhibited strange behaviours in which her back would ‘roll’ uncontrollably, followed by her attacking her tail multiple times a day.
“We recorded these episodes to show the vet and after some tests, she was eventually diagnosed with FHS. She was put on different drugs but none seemed to be that effective.”
Since then, pet CBD oil has helped curb Sansa’s episodes.
Today, she’s described by her loving owner as the “true queen of our household” and “wakes up at 6am every morning to announce that she’s hungry”.
You can follow Sansa on Instagram via the handle @sansa.thecat.
Karen hopes the account will help “raise awareness and advocate for the adoption of special needs cats.”