As kitten season gets rolling, we are inundated with calls for help when people find orphaned and abandoned kittens. In 2020 we brought in over 40 neonatal kittens in just a few weeks. That is a lot of hours spent bottle-feeding kittens and decreasing our supplies. Please help us replenish and get ready for kitten season 2021!
Ghirardelli "GG" Is Finally Having Surgery
Good samaritans found Ghirardelli "GG" a neonatal kitten in 2019 after his mother passed away. He was a solid brown kitten, hence his name. When he was ready for adoption, we took him to a few events where he cuddled with people in hopes of finding his furever family. However, he started having irritable bowel syndrome, and we removed him from the adoption list.
Back in foster care, GG suddenly had difficulty walking too. At eight months old, he had radiographs in addition to many other tests, and he was diagnosed with bilateral luxating patellas, meaning his kneecaps pop in and out of place. He also has elevated liver enzymes, but, thankfully, his liver is functioning correctly at this time.
Even with the early bilateral luxating patellas diagnosis, orthopedic specialists recommended we wait until he was a year old, when his growth plates were fully formed, before surgery. Waiting has its own side effects as his femurs have become a bit bowed, and he will always have some pain. It is also uncommon for cats to need correction to their kneecaps, so there are some nuances we will have to navigate like; post-op care will take months.
A: This is where GG's kneecaps are on both legs, 'X' is where they should be.
B: GG's kneecap should be seen here, but it is toward the backside.
C: These grainy areas are inflammation. The smallest circle is the most inflamed because it should be white.
December 2, 2020
The good news is that GG can have a long and happy life thanks to our wonderful supporters that raised $3000 for him to have his surgeries beginning in January 2021. We will keep you updated on GG's condition and let you know when he is ready to be matched with his furever family.
Ghirardelli "GG" Is Recovering