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The story of Lorraine, who could not blink

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Lorraine is not a baby, yet she is slightly larger than a computer mouse.

Here is what we mean.

Lorraine - Let's Adopt! Global

Lorraine - Let's Adopt! Global

Lorraine - Let's Adopt! Global

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.


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!

Lorraine - Let's Adopt! Global

Lorraine - Let's Adopt! Global

Lorraine - Let's Adopt! Global

Lorraine - Let's Adopt! Global


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.

Lorraine - Let's Adopt! Global

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.

Lorraine - Let's Adopt! Global

Lorraine - Let's Adopt! Global

Lorraine - Let's Adopt! Global

Lorraine - Let's Adopt! Global

Lorraine - Let's Adopt! Global

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.

Please wish little Lorrie courage, and if you can help with her medical bills at the links below.

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  1. MaryAnn Kerns says:

    I am sending my thoughts and prayers for this sweet baby. I will be donating this week to help with her medical costs. Kisses an hugs for you sweetheart

  2. Larry Spizzirri says:

    Precious baby

  3. vikki bazzano says:

    Poor baby. I wish I could take her but I live in an apt that doesn’t allow me to have an animal companion (looking for a new place). Hopefully someone will be able to give her the home & love she deserves, that all animals deserve

  4. I wish I could have her because I take in mostly handicapped cats. I had one blind one, one with only one eye, one with very few teeth, one with inoperable cancer, one with a very bad heart, one who had been left out in the cold and had frostbite, one whose ears were cut off by evil kids, one whose tail was cut off, and one who was born with twisted hind legs. He had one amputated and the 3rd one is bent in at a 90 degree angle. I bought stairs for him to get on the couch and bed. He can use the litter box fine and is now 14 years old. I have experience with handicapped sweeties. I would love to have her. But, I live in Chicago Illinois USA.

    1. The Let's Adopt Global Team says:

      Lorraine can travel to the USA, we would love to discuss her adoption with you. We have sent you an email.

  5. Victoria Buldak says:

    Read post and do not see where this sweetie is located…..also last post from august 3rd, update please and some pictures especially next to a computer mouse to see if she is growing. Thank you

    1. Victoria Buldak says:

      Finally saw location in post, do you usually post the vet clinic that is caring for the cat or dog?? LAG may get donations made directly to the vet in the name of the animal being treated?? I know I would contact the vet to thank them for the good works and if they accept funds to be applied towards a particular animal may make a donation that way as well as the donations made via the links posted here.

      1. The Let's Adopt Global Team says:

        There are always locations in our stories. We rescue in different countries and use different clinics in different cities. Apart from the language barrier when the rescue is happening in Indonesia or Bulgaria, for ex. the clinics are generally not geared up to receive donations and openly prefer not to do it, as multitudes of small transfers play havoc with their accounting. The clinics also prefer not to be contacted by individuals because their reception is not geared up to take the calls of all the kind people that may wish to phone and thank a vet.

  6. de Hahn Christina says:

    ahh really wonderful!! how much should she weigh, will there be health issues in the future to count with? she is very sweet!!

  7. why in God’s name would you put this poor little thing through this? I have watched many times when kittens at Vet Ranch(incredible animal rescue in Texas-check it out on youtube)have had to have dead diseased eyes removed and the kittens do absolutely amazing! In fact you can hardly tell that they don’t have eyes due to the way they are able to get around and function day to day perfectly and most importantly are very HAPPY little kitties! I’m sorry but I do not believe in subjecting small kittens such as this to anesthesia and a risky procedure.
    It is not always in the animals best interest to perform these kinds of operations. If it dies from the operation will you have really done what is best? Please re-consider or are you just taking the more ‘extreme’ option in order to solicit funds? I think you know why and who that is a reference to.