Meet Narnia: The Rare “Chimera” Cat That Has A Perfectly Split Face
Photos courtesy of Stéphanie Jiminez
Narnia was born with electric blue eyes and a perfectly split gray and black face. The 5-year-old British Shorthair might have a rare genetic condition called chimerism.
New tests to define if Narnia is a chimera cat are in progress,” says owner Stéphanie Jiminez. Feline chimeras are formed when two kittens fuse together early in their mother’s womb. They have their own DNA and DNA from a second kitten. Essentially, Chimera kittens are their own non-identical twin.
Narnia was born on March 28, 2017, at the Chatterie de la Grâce. It is a small no-cage cattery in Paris, France. Stéphanie fell in love with British Shorthair and British Longhair cats in 2010. “They look like baby bears. They are sweet, kind, and very intelligent,” she says.
Narnia’s father is a long-haired red tabby cat with odd eyes named Muscari D’Aerlin. His mother is a blue British Shorthair cat named Jeen from the Chatterie de Virvarnon. “That year, the names of cats had to start with the letter “N”. I love The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, so I decided to call him Narnia,” Stéphanie says.
The two-faced cat was bred as part of the British Celestia (Céleste) project. It was started by Sophie Guittonneau from the Aerlin Cattery with permission from the Official Book of Feline Origins (LOOF). It is the only recognized cat registry in France. The British Celestia project aimed to produce British Shorthairs with blue eyes.
Stéphanie knew Narnia was exceptional. She wanted to share his majestic appearance with the whole world. In June 2016, she decided to create his Instagram page. “I get asked almost every day if Narnia is Photoshopped or painted. When people see him for the first time, their reaction is, ‘Oh my God, he is amazing,'” she says.
A professional show cat, Narnia has participated in cat shows in France, Belgium, and Switzerland. The sweet-tempered charmer also won a World Bloggers Award in 2019. Narnia is a friendly and very soft cat. But when he is in a new place, he is painfully shy. Stéphanie and Narnia have a tight connection. “He is my little baby,” she says.
When he is not batting around catnip toys or snagging mashed potatoes, Narnia spends time with his wife Bella. She is a gray and gold British Shorthair with brownish-gold eyes. Narnia and Bella have had 9 kittens. Though they do not share Narnia’s two-toned face, many of his children have his round blue eyes and white markings. Narnia and Bella also have 10 grandchildren.
Narnia shares his home with a mini Lop Plush rabbit named Peluche. “In the beginning, Narnia was a little afraid of him, but now they are great friends,” Stéphanie says. He is best friends with a long-haired Chihuahua named Aslan, who’s named after the talking lion in The Chronicles of Narnia series.
ABOUT THE BRITISH SHORTHAIR
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