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.
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.