When kittens are small, OH BOY are they cute. With their teeny-tiny paws, abundance of energy and whiskers that are too big for their face. They don’t stay that small for long though, they get bigger and grow into their ears, their tails get longer and their paws hurt more when they step on you.
Which isn’t to say that fully grown cats aren’t cute, they are, but there’s something extra special about the adorable-ness of kittens. It’s just a shame that don’t stay small forever.
Or could they? This adorable cat named Munchie will forever be the size of a kitten due to a rare condition.
The condition is extremely rare, and has only been diagnosed in one other kitten before.
Munchie's owner, Emily Tomlinson from Wolverhampton, told Bored Panda:
“So, I work in a veterinary practice. He got handed in at practice after being found by a lady near to a park. I fostered him for a week, then adopted him when no one came forward to claim him. He already had bilateral corneal edema, which is his cloudy eyes, but this does not affect his everyday life and he knows no different. This was the beginning of September 2019 and he was suspected by the vets to be 3-4 weeks of age,”
Emily says, recalling the day:
“Everything was going well until Boxing Day, when he unexpectedly collapsed. I rushed him straight to the out-of-hours emergency vets, where they admitted him for ultrasounds, x-rays, blood tests, and intravenous fluid therapy. Upon running types of blood, his calcium level was 0.52. They actually ran his blood again because they thought it could be wrong, but it came back the same. He was given calcium via IV and spent the next 4 nights in the vets being kept stable. Hypoparathyroidism wasn’t originally tested for as it was so unlikely to be diagnosed in a kitten. We did, however, do this blood test recently and with his other blood tests, it was confirmed he does have hypoparathyroidism, which he will need lifelong calcium and vitamin D for."
He is given dietary supplements, but is still a relatively normal cat.
These are symptoms of his condition.
Not to worry, he still loves cuddles.
"At home, he’s quite happy to potter about and do his own thing. If he wants attention he will come and seek me out for it—he loves cuddles, sleeping on me, and face-rubbing mine constantly. He’s a sweetheart.”
Emily's other pets had mixed reactions, but now they get alone fine!