No, it’s not an optical illusion! We only want to hear your opinion on whether this is a dog or a cat. This hairy guy is actually a cat called Atchoum and he suffers from hypertrichosis, otherwise called “the Werewolf syndrome”. Well…you must admit it’s not as scary as it sounds. That strange condition causes excessive hair growth all over his body, so he needs constant grooming. P.S. Fortunately, his owner is a groomer!
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Crazy scientist look
This hairy but not scary Persian cat was born in Quebec, Canada and was given as a gift to a veterinarian. However, Atchoum’s destiny has been changed forever. The girl called Nathalie who works there as a groomer wanted to adopt him so badly because of his crazy scientist look, and that’s how this messy-haired guy got a new home.
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Furry Feline Phenomenon
We should accept everyone’s differences no matter who we are – a human or an animal. Our differences are what makes us beautiful and it is exactly what makes Atchoum stand out from the crowd. He is the only world-known cat with that kind of syndrome. And you know what? He also hates Mondays as we do! “Hmmm…what day is today? Monday?!!! Oh, crap!”
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The greatest benefits in the family
It’s a fact that Atchoum looks really unusual for a cat and that specific feature makes him the favorite family member. Living with two humans, two children and three other cats can be really difficult sometimes, so Atchoum doesn’t let anyone disturb him. Everything is allowed to him, so lying in front of the owner’s computer is something quite common for him.
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Of whom he reminds you?
“I am watching you! I can’t miss anything, and if you thought you’re going to eat your meal peacefully- you’re wrong!” There are divided opinions about this cat’s appearance. One says that he looks like a Gremlin, Lorax, or the Grinch, while the others think he looks like a dog, an owl or a mad scientist. In both cases, we simply adore him!
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Sir Didymus or Grinch?
On Atchoum’s website a funny survey can be found with a few look-a-like photos of him. Up to now, most people have voted for Sir Didymus, and what do you think about that?
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Atchoum name means Sneezy in English. When his owner Nathalie made Facebook and Instagram pages for him, she didn’t expect that the story of his appearance will become so viral in a short time. Today, Atchoum’s Instagram page has more than 269k followers, while his Facebook page has 113k likes. Nathalie posts pictures of him on a daily basis and people become more and more fascinated. “Did someone say pizza? I’m coomiiing! I can’t miss that tasty thing”
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He is the king of the house
When someone is stealing your spotlight, it looks exactly like this: “What exactly is my sister trying to do? Does she want to steal my popularity or what? I have to get her out of here right now. I gained all my popularity with my own paws so I will not let anyone get into my picture!”
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When you suddenly hear parents telling your name: “I am sure he broke that vase! He will be banned from leaving the room for the next seven days!”
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Atchoum likes sleeping as all other cats do, but when someone wakes him up, he is like: “I really need coffee! I hate getting up early! Wake me up only when it's Friday, ok?”
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Friend “The Enemy”
Although Atchoum lives with three cats in the house, he has only one really unusual friend called “The Enemy”. It is also called “frenemy’’ and they have a love-hate relationship.
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Atchoum as a kitten
If you were curious to find out how Atchoum looked like as a kitten, here is the answer. He was a cute ball of fur and his owners didn’t know for his werewolf syndrome in the beginning! As he grew older, his hair began to grow at an abnormal speed.
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What a good looking bunch of kitties! Atchoum is ready to celebrate his birthday, but can you guess where he'll soon be? Let the party begin!
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You’re probably wondering how Atchoum looks like a day after a crazy party! Well… suffice to say he is surviving a hangover! He doesn’t even have the idea where he is! “OMG…my head hurts! Can someone help me find the way home?”
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