‘New Grumpy Cat’ has permanently sad face due to rare medical condition

This cat is in a happy place despite a permanently sad face due to a rare medical condition.

Five-year-old Sushi, who has stretchy skin due to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, was found as a kitten wandering the streets.

He was later given a home by systems analyst Larissa Yamaguchi.

She only found out last year that he had EDS after reading about a similar cat.

Larissa, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, said: “Some people get shocked or scared, some love his face at first sight and others laugh.”

His case has echoes of internet sensation grumpy catfrom Arizona, but he looked sad because of an underbite and dwarfism.

Larissa added: “It took us four years to know that Sushi had EDS. I spent $1,082 and he was on a lot of different drugs, but nothing helped.

“After finding a similar cat online, we found a feline dermatologist and it came as a shock even to her.

“She said the last time she saw a cat like Sushi was over 10 years ago!

Grumpy Cat appears at Kitson Santa Monica to promote her new book “Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book” in July 2013 in Santa Monica, California.
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“I was scared, but then we found out we could handle it and it wasn’t fatal.”

Due to the condition, Sushi has extremely dry and itchy skin and requires regular fluids, other food, clothing and soft collars.

Larissa said: “EDS affects each animal in a unique way. Sushi’s facial skin is very flexible, especially his cheeks and also his arms.

‘Grumpy Cat’ next to its new replica at Madame Tussauds wax museum in San Francisco in December 2015.
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“It can affect organs and joints, but in Sushi’s case, it only affects his outer skin.

“The main problem is the compulsive scratching because the syndrome makes his skin dry and itchy, so he often tries to scratch the vulnerable parts.”

This story originally appeared on the sun and is reproduced here with permission.

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