A WOMEN’s beloved cat Chai fell ill and died young, so she spent $25,000 to clone her “pure love” companion for her pet.
Kelly Anderson told The Sun she “couldn’t be happier with her decision”, despite a daily stream of hate mail on social media and a scathing letter from PETA.
Chai was only 5 years old when he passed away on March 16, 2017.
“I couldn’t sleep that night,” Anderson said. “I just remember having a conversation with my roommate, a veterinary technician, at some point that night about cloning.
“I started doing a lot of research and looking at ViaGen a lot. I called them the second they opened the next morning, and the process from there was basically up to my vet to do the work. work with them to get a skin biopsy (from Chai).”
Four years later, Anderson has a new kitten, which she names Belle.
ViaGen told The Sun it made sure they looked exactly the same but that the animals would develop their own personalities because that’s based on external factors.
Those factors include how many animals are in the house, what animals are being fed, how the cat is raised, among dozens of other interactions between nature and nurture.
Anderson said Belle’s personality is “completely different” from Chai’s.
“They have some basic personalities that are a bit similar. Like they’re very bold, sassy, cat-like, but that could be feline. But Belle is a whole new cat.”
“She was a troublemaker, while she petted one of her three other foster cats during the virtual interview,” Anderson said.
“I have all my other cats from three to almost 13 years old. This is my oldest,” she said while holding her black cat. “It’s all pretty cold, and then there’s Belle.
“She is a kitten and she wants to play all the time. She is really as strong as any other six-month-old kitten. She is very affectionate, inquisitive and bold. She is not scared at all.She loves going out to new places.
“I take her out or to the breweries. She loves to explore and meet other animals”
In the photos, Chai and Belle look exactly the same, but because Chai is so thin, Belle is filling in more and “getting softer,” Anderson said.
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Cloning dogs and cats is a relatively new and controversial practice.
Opponents argue against cloning and say adopt a pet. Other competitors compare cloning to a high-tech puppy mill.
“I get dozens of hateful messages on TikTok every day,” Anderson said.
“Some have moral issues but some think I’m using a cloned cat to make money on social media.
“It’s not certain. I don’t do anything but this. I just love Chai so much. That’s the only reason I cloned him.”
PETA said in an email that she has “a huge amount of influence and we are eager to help shelters … and does NOT create a cloning trend.
“Your advertising directly and adversely affects the lives of other cats who are sitting in shelters waiting for a family,” PETA says.
Anderson, who trains animals for a living, shared a few of her accomplishments and when she worked with PETA on campaigns.
“I appreciate your concern but it’s very misplaced. And your data is misinformed,” Anderson said in an email response. “Clone has absolutely no effect on the cats in the shelter.”
She said she has fostered over 100 cats and has always adopted them, but losing Chai at age 5 was a huge blow in her life.
“There’s something special and different about Chai. I don’t really know, I can’t put it into words. She’s just that pet to me. I’ve never had a pet like her. And I want to hold Anderson said.
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