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Atchoum: Cat With Excessive Hair On Face Due To Hypertrichosis Is Nice And Cuddly

February 7, 2015 by Ozzi Cat Magazine in Famous Cats

Atchoum - Sneezy - Cat With Excessive Hair Growth on Face - Hypertrichosis

Another unusual looking cat is taking over the Internet. Meet the new Internet sensation, a 9-month-old cat Atchoum (Sneezy) from Quebec.

Some compare him with a mad scientist or a small dog, others are impressed by his eyes staring at you. For his owner Nathalie (‘maman’ in French) he is a lovable kitten.

Sneezy was born on May 12, 2014. The cat’s unusual look, the excessive hair growth on his face, is due to hypertrichosis.

Hypertrichosis (in extensive cases known as a werewolf syndrome), is a hormonal disorder that makes an abnormal amount of hair grow over the body.

Unfortunately, hypertrichosis not only gave the kitty an unusual look, but also affected his paws. The claws were so large that it was difficult for the cat to move. He had to be de-clawed for medical reasons.

Video: Atchoum is like any other cat

The unusual looking kitty does not know about his special look and behaves just as any other sweet cat would do. Watch the videos:

Find Atchoum on his Facebook page – Tell him Ozzi Cat Magazine sent you!


Does Atchoum remind you Colonel Meow?
What other unusual looking cat do you know?

Photo by: Atchoumfan

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  1. Firebird TomonagaNovember 13, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Moony strangecat is another cat with the same condition, only she is a female. She is on Facebook too.

    • Natalie @ Ozzi Cat MagazineNovember 13, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you for letting me know! I’ve just checked her FB page: https://www.facebook.com/moonyangelcat

      Moony does look similar. It looks like this genetic disorder might be not a rare thing… Interesting. I’m happy that Moony owner’s love her regardless of her look! Do you know any other special kitties? xox

      • Firebird TomonagaNovember 14, 2015 at 6:01 am

        I don’t know of any others with hypertrichosis, but there is Grumpy Cat and Lil BUB, who both suffer from dwarfism.

        • Natalie @ Ozzi Cat MagazineNovember 14, 2015 at 8:00 am

          Yes, you’re right! Grumpy Cat and Lil BUB are very famous. How many cats do you have? xox

          • Firebird TomonagaNovember 14, 2015 at 10:04 am

            I currently have four. I had six, but lost one to renal failure and six months later another one to liver cancer. The oldest guy is 20, and is diabetic, but he’s still alive and kicking. All are rescues.

          • Natalie @ Ozzi Cat MagazineNovember 16, 2015 at 8:11 am

            I’m so sorry… You’ve been through such emotionally difficult times… My Manya, who inspired me for the magazine, lost her battle to lung and liver cancer. It’s one of the most unforgiving diseases. Hugs to you xox You are a fantastic person. Manya was diabetic for several years before going into a remission. I highly appreciate when people care for special kitties. You are wonderful. And 20yo! Just wow. If you ever want to share a story about your gorgeous special guy, a word of encouragement for people whose cat just got diabetic, how his life looks like, please send through. It will be my pleasure to publish it, to show that diabetic cats are fine, just need a little management routine. How often is he on insulin now? Hugs and kisses to all your fur babies! xox

          • Firebird TomonagaNovember 16, 2015 at 8:22 am

            PC, the cat that developed renal failure, survived for 5 years beyond his prognosis. Furgus, who was very close to PC, developed cancer rather quickly. They are together across the rainbow bridge. Mac, my old man, is currently in remission, mainly due to diet – no grains in any of his food. Then there’s Molly and her kids, Calli and Toby. Molly had hyperthyroidism and went through radiation to treat it. She is fine now. The kids are fine. Molly is 14 and the kids are about 13.

          • Natalie @ Ozzi Cat MagazineNovember 16, 2015 at 9:07 am

            All your fur babies are very special. Cancer is cruel. We were given six months with Manya, when she was diagnosed, but we had to say the last good-bye a week after the diagnosis as she kept building up liquid in a chest. It was the most devastating period in my life. I’ve recently lost my three-legged teethless Kitty to an incurable type of a bone marrow disease (the bone marrow stopped producing red blood cells needed for blood). Manya and Kitty are together now.

            I’m so glad that Mac is in remission! I agree that food plays a huge role in this. So happy for Mac!!

            You are such a gorgeous person. You do a lot for your fur family. Some time ago I was helping an elderly couple who had a kitty with hyperthyroidism. What stroke me was that hyperthyroidism in cats and people is the same. (I have dealt with hyperthyroidism in people.) It was an honor to help them (I was translating and explaining vet instructions to their language). I’m so happy that Molly is fine now! Touching wood, all the kitties stay healthy and live a long life!

            You are a gorgeous person xox
            PS: One of my three boys’ name is Toby :)

          • Firebird TomonagaNovember 16, 2015 at 9:17 am

            It’s been over 3 years and it’s still hard. I miss them. Although I do dream about them a lot, so I figure they are visiting me.

          • Natalie @ Ozzi Cat MagazineNovember 16, 2015 at 12:04 pm

            I’m with you. It is hard. Manya passed away four years ago. At first I could not even look at her photos, my eyes would get wet straight away, so painful it was for me. I just learnt to live with it. She inspired me for many good things I do for cats. Your gorgeous fur babies are always with you. They always live in your heart. They know how much you loved and still love them. You gave them love, care, warmth, and safety. They remember and cherish that, and love you in return.

            I have somebody’s poem printed out and put on my wall:

            Those we love don’t go away,
            They walk beside us every day,
            Unseen, unheard, but always near,
            Still loved, still missed, and very dear.

            Cats are gems of our lives, aren’t they… Hugs xox

          • Firebird TomonagaNovember 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm

            That poem did make me misty eyed. I love cats, and all animals.

          • Natalie @ Ozzi Cat MagazineNovember 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm

            You have a gorgeous loving heart xox It’s a pleasure and honour to know you xox Your kitties are very lucky. Do many of your friends have cats too?

          • Firebird TomonagaNovember 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm

            Yes a lot of them do. My mom has a cat, too. A lot of friends have dogs too, and one has pet spiders.

          • Natalie @ Ozzi Cat MagazineNovember 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm

            That’s lovely! I too have a friend who loves spiders. He also has snails and a snake :) and a cat! :) xox

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