This fluffy grey kitten’s story began as too many do… abandoned on the streets.
However, her tale includes a rare congenital condition. It absolutely would have eventually ended her life.
Little Violet was found alone with her 2 siblings when they were just babies.
A Good Samaritan discovered the stray litter in her Texas neighborhood.
Happily, they accepted the kittens into their home, fostering them as they grew.
There were no signs that Violet was any different than her siblings.
At two months old, they were fixed and ready for adoption.
They were brought to The Cattery Cat Shelter in Corpus Christi, TX.
A short two weeks later though, the shelter received a surprising call.
Violet was being returned because she was “throwing up too much”.
Heartbroken to hear it, they began monitoring her closely.
Finally seeing her get sick, it was believed to be congestion. She was treated for aspiration pneumonia.
While she was very VERY active, her condition did not improve.
The staff brought her back to their Veterinarian knowing there had to be something more.
They performed more tests and x-rays and were again shocked at what was happening to the little girl.
Radiologists had uncovered a rare congenital condition that was plaguing Violet.
It is called Persistent Right Aortic Arch or PRAA.
“When cats are fetuses, they have some blood vessels in their chest cavity called aortic arches. These vessels atrophy and disappear as the fetus grows. Occasionally, one of the aortic arches, called the right aortic arch, fails to atrophy and disappear. This arch runs near the esophagus.”
“If this vessel persists, it can trap the esophagus. This inhibits its normal growth and development, preventing food from getting to the stomach.”
As Violet grew, this would only worsen and eventually be fatal if left untreated.
The shelter checked with her sibling’s adopters and fortunately they had no signs of the condition.
They immediately put Violet on a liquid diet as they researched their options.
This was only a temporary fix to ease her discomfort.
“This is Violet (pre-surgery) after energetically eating her liquid diet. She loves food so much, she couldn’t help but get it all over her face!!”
Not once did they consider anything other than saving the sweet kitten’s life.
“If you met Violet, you would know that attempting to save her life was the ONLY option. She purrs constantly, doesn’t know a stranger and is so, so fun.”
The only solution they found was for Violet to undergo a very delicate and expensive heart surgery.
It would be a 2 ½ hour trip to the specialty hospital in San Antonio, TX.
Every second would be worth it if it meant Violet had a chance at surviving.
There were possible issues that could arise.
Most of these cases can be fixed. The esophagus is usually left scarred and misshapen from the original constriction.
Although manageable, this could causing feeding issues for the rest of her life.
The Cattery began fundraising for Violet.
A very generous donor pledged to match any donations up to $15,000 for Giving Tuesday!
A couple of weeks later, they traveled to San Antonio where she had the surgery.
“Visited Violet before her surgery today. She was all purrs and biscuits! Please send good vibes that the surgery goes well!”
Visited Violet before her surgery today. She was all purrs and biscuits! Please send good vibes that the surgery goes well and that there isn’t a lot of scarring and damage to her esophagus!
Posted by The Cattery Cat Shelter on Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Staff, volunteers and social media followers anxiously awaited news of the beloved kittens status.
During surgery, they did a scope of her esophagus.
Other than being enlarged, it seemed there was not a lot of damage.
This was wonderful news for Violet’s future!
Violet is now in the second week of recovery in foster care.
She loves her new diet of wet food.
Already, she has put on some weight and is as loving as ever!
“Violet has the loudest purr which only stops when she’s sleeping. She can play for hours all by herself. She gives kisses and has the most adorable toe floofs.”
Violet is recuperating well in foster care!
Posted by The Cattery Cat Shelter on Monday, December 10, 2018
Next week they plan on introducing dry kibble into her diet to see how she tolerates it.
Then, it’ll be 3 more weeks of monitoring her. They need to ensure she’s on the right path to fully healing.
For now, things are going much better than expected.
They’re still fundraising for her surgery and after care costs.
They all know every fluffy hair on her body is worth every penny.
At only 4 ½ months old, Violet has been overcome abandonment, illness and had major heart surgery.
It’s no surprise that there is already a list of people ready to adopt her!
We completely understand why <3
REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP; FOSTERING SAVES LIVES & SPAY AND NEUTER!
Meet Violet! She doesn’t know she’s sick and in dire need of an operation. This Giving Tuesday through December 11th, donations will be matched by a private donor up to $15,000. And if you donate today, they might also be matched by PayPal and Facebook. Follow the link to donate today!https://www.facebook.com/donate/843992292453711/?fundraiser_source=external_url
Posted by The Cattery Cat Shelter on Monday, November 26, 2018