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A former stray cat has become an Instagram star after she was left with an unusual look following surgery to remove her ears.

Nora from Wisconsin, US, had to have the outer flaps of her ears chopped off after they became infected through years of living on the street.

A local vet was forced to remove her ear flaps after a good citizen rescued Nora and took her for medical treatment.

The vet found the domestic shorthair grey tabby mix was suffering with chronic ear infections and hematomas.

The only way to treat her ear canals was to chop off the badly infected flaps – leaving her with an unusual appearance.

Fortunately the procedure saved Nora’s hearing, so despite leaving her looking unusual, the moggy is still able to hear thanks to vets keeping her ear drums and canals.

So like every other cat in the world, she’ll come running when a packet of Dreamies are shaken.

Despite initial fears she wouldn’t be adopted, Nora was snapped up within a month by veterinary nurse, H Due, and their wife in January 2020.

And true to feline form, Nora’s favourite hobby is napping, which she does with the couple’s three-legged dog Matilda.

In fact, she loves dozing so much, she sleeps 20 hours a day.

“Nora is an absolute sweetheart. She has no fear whatsoever and greets any person or pet head-on,” H told NeedToKnow.online

“She tolerates the other cats, but they don’t play with her, and she actively snuggles our two dogs.

“She doesn’t appear to be any more sensitive to sound than my other cats.

“She has several pairs of knitted fake ears but we’ve never had to use earmuffs.

“She’s just very lazy, like any other cat.”

Nora has earned an army of fans on Instagram with her @nora .no.ears account boasting 28,500 followers.

On one picture of the sweet pet, an Instagram user said: “She’s so lovely little darling. She doesn’t needs ears to look so lovely and sweet.”

Another person commented on a post: “She’s just too cute!!”

“Earless really works for her- shows off that perfectly gorgeous face!” someone else added.

“I’d have her tomorrow bless her. Beauty is only fur deep,” said one follower.

Another person said: “Not to be dramatic or anything, but I would die for Nora.”