Britain's Rarest Cat- Sunday Mirror Newspaper- Exclusive Pet Story- ***May 2013***

Richard Smith contacted us to tell us how his cat was one of the rarest in the world.

The cute pet defies odds of 400,000/1 to be a male tortoiseshell cat with black, ginger and white fur.

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Scarcey cat: Jake is Britain's rarest moggy as a male tortoiseshell


Cute pet defies 400,000/1 odds of being a male cat with black, ginger and white tortoiseshell fur

Jake the amazing moggy

Take a good look at Jake the moggy... can you work out the X Factor that makes him Britain’s rarest cat?

The clue lies in the colour of his coat… and the fact that Jake is a he.

This 11-month-old puss, bought from a litter for £20, has defied odds of 400,000-to-one as a male with black, ginger and white tortoiseshell fur.

Normally tomcats have only one “X” chromosome in their DNA, meaning their coat can only be two colours.


Richard Smith with Jake the cat thought to be the rarest domestic cat in the country


Owner Richard Smith, 22, didn’t know anything was unusual when he took Jake to the vet’s.

“He asked us, ‘You do know this cat is a girl?’?” said Richard. “When we insisted it was a boy he opened Jake’s legs and couldn’t believe it.”

The vet called in an older colleague who said he had never seen a male tortoiseshell in 30 years of practice.

“It’s physically written in their DNA that they can’t be three colours,” said Richard. “When it does happen, it’s a complete accident in the DNA.”

Jake, picked from the litter by Richard’s son Harvey, five, is still allowed out to roam in Greenhithe, Kent.

“Even though he’s so rare, Jake’s still just a family pet to us,” said Richard.

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