This Cat With Dwarfism Will Stay Kitten-Sized Forever | TOTUM
Charlotte FieldsMarch 12th
2020

This cat that still looks like a kitten has a rare condition which means it won't grow any bigger.

The seven month old cat, Munchie, was taken into Wolverhampton veterinary practice where his owner, Emily Tomlinson works.

Munchie's incredibly rare type of dwarfism has only ever been reported in one other feline.

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It was suspected that he had been dumped and left alone when he was around three or four weeks old, with Emily believing he was left because of his cloudy eyes, which don't impact his sight in any way.

Speaking to LADbible, 29-year-old Emily explained: "We have only in the last couple of weeks discovered he has hypoparathyroidism after he collapsed on Boxing Day and spent four nights in the vets on intravenous fluid therapy.

"His calcium levels were 0.52 when normal range is at least 1.9, it was a miracle he didn't have a seizure. We have found only one other cat diagnosed with hypoparathyroidism as a kitten, which isn't in the UK. It's so rare. 

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"We believe he will have a normal life span but due to there being so little information available, due to it being so rare, we don't know for sure. 

"He's just like a normal kitten, he can climb but he can't jump because he has to have calcium and Vitamin D supplemented to keep him stable. He weighs a tiny 1.7kg."

Munchie spent four days close to vets following his Boxing Day scare, when Emily paid £2,500 to help him - saying it was definitely 'worthwhile' and that she'd do everything she could to make sure he had the best life possible.

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Munchie isn't the only pet Emily has. She also provides a home to a horse, a Romanian rescue dog and two other cats. She said: "I feel very lucky to have Munchie, he's got the cheekiest little character and loves having lots of attention and cuddles. He loves to play with his kitten toys."

She also went on to explain that having Munchie hasnt been the easiest ride due to his strict feeding regime. She said: "I feed him four times a day and he has no more then 15 grams per feed, he eats like a kitten. When he was really poorly I would feed him 6-8 times per day - including getting up several times through the night for weeks on end. 

"It was exhausting but worthwhile as, after a few close calls and being close to losing him, he's pulled through and is on the road to recovery. 

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"He has a lifelong condition so will need regular blood tests to check his calcium levels and will be on medication for the rest of his life."

You can follow Munchie on Insta @minature_munchie, for all your adorable kitty needs.

What a brave little Munchie munchkin he is.

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