It’s officially spooky season, and this black cat comes equipped with the best built-in costume. Everyone meet Monkey, the black cat with Dracula teeth. Don’t worry, this vampire cat’s teeth make him look like he’s ready to suck your blood, but his mom says he’s sweet as can be–and yes, those teeth are real!
Rescued From the Road
Nicole Rienzie first met Monkey when she rescued him from the middle of the road. She was with her mom driving home when they had to hit the breaks to avoid running over a tiny, black ball of fur. The pair found the kitten looking scared and sick. He was too skinny, infested with fleas, and he had a nasty eye infection that impaired his vision.
Ready to help, Nicole got the kitten the care he needed. Her original plan was to find someone to adopt her newly found cat, but that didn’t last long. She felt connected to the homeless kitten, and she decided they belonged together. She named him Monkey, and despite hurtful stereotypes, she learned black cats are anything but bad luck. Monkey was silly and sweet, and she and her black cat formed a great bond.
A Real-Life Vampire Cat
As Monkey grew, more of his personality started to show…and that wasn’t the only thing. Monkey’s teeth started growing, and it was clear that he was special in more ways than one. His canine teeth grew much longer than any cat Nicole had seen before. Slightly concerned, she took her vampire cat to the vet. She was relieved to hear that Monkey was completely healthy, and while it was rare for cats to have elongated canine teeth, it wasn’t unheard of. Monkey was simply special!
With his jet black fur and vampire teeth, it didn’t take long for Monkey to turn into an Internet sensation. Nicole says people often think she photoshops her cat’s pictures, but that isn’t the case. Monkey’s teeth are 100% real.
Instead of using his Dracula-like fangs to suck blood, this vampire cat is spreading a message that black cats don’t deserve to be stereotyped or cast aside. He and his brother, a black cat named Bean, have their own social media accounts that they use to advocate for underappreciated black cats. They post silly pictures that help spread the love for black cats everywhere.