Lorraine is not a baby, yet she is slightly larger than a computer mouse.
Here is what we mean.
While Lorrain is a tiny kitten, she has a couple of Really Big Problems.
Please carry on reading and join us in helping her overcome them.
WILL LORRIE GROW UP?
Lorraine came to us from rescuers who were perplexed by the fact that during the time she spent with them, she did not seem to grow. There was also something weird going on with her eyes — Lorraine did not blink..
We admitted Lorie to our trusted clinic, where after thorough examinations and tests by two senior vets, Lorraine’s situation became a bit clearer.
Lorrie may, or may not, be a pituitary dwarf. Pituitary dwarfism, also called growth hormone deficiency, is a condition in which the pituitary gland fails to produce sufficient quantities of growth hormone. This results in kittens who experience slow growth and who lag behind their siblings when it comes to growing. The condition does not affect brain development.
Time and a series of hormonal tests will answer the question of whether Lorrie is going to grow. She has gained a bit of weight since she came to us, so we are hopeful and waiting!
Lorrie’s eyes are a more obvious problem. One of her eyes is underdeveloped and she also suffers from agenesis of the eyelid — congenital defect in which the upper eyelid is not formed properly.
To help you imagine what this means for the kitten, we will ask you to stop reading and look HERE. No, don’t carry on reading, look at the bold word in capitals in the previous sentence. And don’t blink. Hold it, hold it.. hold.. hold.
You can keep your eyes open for a minute at most, two minutes tops, and if you do it properly you should end this little experiment with teary eyes. Did your eyes start stinging? Did it hurt? And in the end, no matter how much you fought against it, your body took over control, bypassed you and forced you to blink.
There are 1400 minutes in a day, and healthy eyes blink roughly 4 times per minute. Lorrie, however, cannot blink even once — because her eyelids do not cover her eyes. This burning stinging sensation you felt for a second is her daily life.
Thankfully the underdeveloped eye may catch up and the eyelids can be reconstructed with special surgery! The vet team’s prognosis is very good, we are incredibly hopeful and asking you for help with raising the required funds for the operation.
UPDATE | August 14, 2017
Lorrie’s first problem was a possible pituitary dwarfism, a growth hormone deficiency which causes kittens to growth slowly and lag behind their siblings. Thankfully all hormonal test results came back reassuring and we have now established that Lorrie is growing and already weighs a considerable 963 grams!
Lorrie’s eyes are her second problem. One of them is underdeveloped and the other suffers from agenesis of the eyelid – a congenital defect in which the upper eyelid is not formed properly, and the kitten cannot blink. While we are giving the underdeveloped eye more time to catch up, Lorrie is now strong enough for anesthesia and reconstructive surgery of the healthy eye’s eyelid.
We have placed Lorrie in a foster home where she spends her time being an almost normal kitten, patiently waiting for us to raise the funds for her surgery. All through the tests, examinations, monitoring and checkups she remained patient, enduring the necessary procedures and attention, trusting us and waiting. Waiting to be happy, waiting to able to blink.
We promised her it will happen. Please help us keep that promise.
UPDATE | September 4, 2017
Our baby Lorraine has come down with a respiratory infection.
The slight rattle in her chest, present upon her very first admission to our clinic, was being treated with an antibiotic. The medication ran its course, however, and there was no improvement. In fact Lorraine has deteriorated. Last week more examinations and tests were done, and the vet team concluded that her airways have narrowed, possibly due to prolonged inflammation, or — and this is the really worrying part — the bones in her nasal cavity may not be developing correctly. Considering the fact Lorrie has a congenital defect in one eye the latter would unfortunately not be a surprise. If the tests return no indication of a viral infection, a rhinoscopy is scheduled to investigate the problem.
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