Mysterious ‘cat-dog’ has people confused

Mysterious cat-dog
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What does it take to become an internet sensation these days? Being unique is a good start – one person’s rather mysterious looking pet has left social media users confused. Are they looking at a cat, or a dog??

The mystery pet, who has a rather dog-like appearance, is actually a young male Persian named “Atchoum,” who has hypertrichosis. The interesting condition is explained on the cat’s own Facebook page:

Hypertrichosisis a symptom of a hormonal disorder that manifests in man or woman, for an invasive hair on body parts. This disease can also appears on animals and provides my cat with a funny look.

Mysterious cat-dog

Atchoum lives in Quebec and has a hefty Instagram following (nearly 165k). The cat’s thousands of fans are in love with his unusual looks – most every post includes, “I love him!” to “he’s my new fave!”

You can follow this rather awesome cat on Instagram here, or find him on Facebook at this link.

(photos via Twitter/Instagram/


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  1. Well, I have a “cat-dog” but she looks suspiciously like a purebred Yellow Lab. LOL. I call her “cat-dog” because she is aloof and spends many hours alone in my bedroom. She comes to me when SHE wants attention.


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