Rare Male Kitten Ready For Adoption

About 99 percent of tortoiseshells are female.

By Karen Franklin
|  Friday, May 4, 2012  |  Updated 1:22 PM EDT
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Miami-Dade Pet Shelters Holding Adoption Marathon

Humane Society of Broward County

Sea, a male tortoiseshell kitten

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A rare 9-week-old male kitten is hoping his color will give him a better chance at adoption.

Sea and his sister Sandy are waiting at the Humane Society of Broward County for a new home.

The two kittens are black and orange tortoiseshells, but Sea is a male. Male tortoiseshells only appear in one out of 3,000 tortoiseshell cats, and like calicos, which are white and orange, 99 percent of tortoiseshells are female.

Male tortoiseshells usually have an additional X chromosome, according to the shelter. Clinic manager Chris Mitchell said that Sea is only the fourth male “tortie” he has seen in his nearly 20 years at the shelter.

“Sea is very rare,” he said.

Kittens at the shelter can be adopted for $50, which includes a spay and neuter surgery, vaccines and a microchip. Cats over 6 months old have their adoption fee waived.

The Broward County Humane Society is located at 2070 Griffin Road just west of Interstate 95. Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
 

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