Meet Ivan the Blackheart, freak of nature. Despite appearences he is not related to Blackjack other than being a black tuxedo kitty too. Ivan is 15 years old, and has had one of those Interesting Lives you've heard so much about. He was abandoned by his mother during a nest move (she was probably startled by the very children who found him) and given to their teacher, our next door neighbor, when he was probably no more than 3 days old.
He was so young his ears were still closed. He never got enough immunity-strengthening collostrum from his mother's milk, yet he thrived and grew under Anal-Man's care. As a small kitten he used to climb up my shirt to suckle my earlobe. (Mmmmm, kitten drool down my neck.) To this day he's disappointed that teeth changed the shape of his mouth and he can't do that any more. *grin*
He has skin allergies from the lack of early collustrum, and scratches his coat off every now and again. His body creates both kinds of urethra-clogging crystals in his bladder (something all vets who have treated him say should be impossible), and has had a replumbing operation to spare him the painful and life-threatening clogs, so he is technically a transexual cat.
The back of his right ear mysteriously separated from the skin of the inside of his ear, filling with fluid and looking like a balloon. To this day, no one knows why. But his vet performed surgery and literally quilted the two sides back together, and now he looks good as new. She has never had to perform that operation before or since.
He is bright-eyed, active, and vocal. He loves his daddy, but he loooooves his mommy.