A charming feline with a peculiar disease is doomed to always appear like a cute little fur ball. Despite its age, the creature resembles a pussycat that is only a few weeks old, and despite its dwarfism, it is difficult to think it will remain that way indefinitely.
Emily Tomlinson works in a veterinary clinic in Wolverhampton, England, where she has gained skills as well as the best present of all: her cat.
Munchie, a kitten who had been abandoned by her previous owners, ended up in Emily’s arms after 4 weeks of looking like a pussycat.
Munchie has a unique kind of dwarfism, according to studies. The kitten has hypoparathyroidism, an uncommon disorder in which the body stops manufacturing parathyroid hormones (the hormone responsible for growth).
The eyes of the pussycat were similarly unusual.
“After falling on Boxing Day and spending four nights with the vets on intravenous fluid treatment, we learned that he has hypoparathyroidism; his calcium levels were 0.52 when the usual range is at least 1.9; it was a wonder that he did not have a seizure.” Only one other cat diagnosed with hypoparathyroidism, like our kitten, has been located outside of the UK. “It’s really strange.” Emily remarked.
The kitten was 7 months old when he came, but he still looked like a newborn and weighed just 1.7 kilograms due to his condition. His eyes were also clouded, which might have been the reason for his desertion.
“The adorable cat has bilateral corneal edema, which causes her eyes to be clouded, but it has no effect on her everyday existence.” “Emily said the vets thought he was 3-4 weeks old.”
Emily was working as a veterinarian at the time, but she couldn’t help but fall in love with the critter and chose to adopt it.
“I was employed at a veterinary clinic. He was located in a park and brought to the site by a lady. The woman added, “I brought him home for a week and then adopted him because no one came to claim him.”
Munchie will not develop any more, but Emily doesn’t mind; in fact, she thinks it adds to the authenticity of the character. The kitten, on the other hand, is as interested as any of its type.
“I consider myself really fortunate to have Munchie; he has the cutest personality and enjoys receiving plenty of attention and hugs. “He enjoys playing with his toys,” the woman said.
Emily’s dedication and affection for the kitten was evident from the start, as she had a debt of GBP 2,500 (about $3,400) when she decided to adopt it. But that’s not all; medical costs will be a constant in this family’s existence.
“She has a lifelong illness,” Emily added, “so she will require frequent blood tests to check her calcium levels and will be on medicine for the rest of her life.”
None of this, however, deters this woman, who is willing to do everything it takes to bring this cat forward. Every sacrifice is worth it to Emily simply to see Munchie go about his business like the other kitties.
“We believe it will have a normal life, but we are unsure because there is so little information available and it is so unusual.” “It’s like a regular kitten; it can climb but not jump because it needs calcium and vitamin D supplements to keep steady,” he explained.
This kitten’s nutrition is also based on its size. Munchie eats four times a day and no more than 15g of food every piece, according to his human. However, with that small amount of energy, the kitten is able to explore the world and play with his adopted siblings.
Emily can only hope that with her care and affection, the kitty will have a comfortable and happy life for the years to come. Because there are few research on feline dwarfism, the life expectancy of the little feline is unknown.