Mystery Illness Can’t Put This Adorable Munchkin Kitten Down And She’s Up For Adoption


  • At just four months, a kitten called Dollie suddenly developed a mystery illness which got her surrendered to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA).
  • The shelter worked with a dermatology specialist that diagnosed the illness as ischemic dermatopathy and treated her condition.
  • After two months of treatment, Dollie has no ongoing care and is eligible for adoption.

A Munchkin kitten named Dollie suddenly developed a mysterious illness when she was just 4 months old. With her increasing difficulties, her family was forced to surrender her to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA).

Sara-Rose Brenner of the MSPCA said the kitten unexpectedly started feeling quite ill.  “Her symptoms were vague at first; she just wasn’t acting like a normal, playful kitten should. Then, things took a turn.”

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According to the MSPCA-Angell director of adoption centers and programs Mike Keiley, “We had never seen anything like it.” They turned to dermatology specialist Dr. Meagan Painter who found out that Dollie had ischemic dermatopathy, a condition that could lead to “tissue death in sensitive areas.”

This means that with the proper diagnosis, the kitten’s life could be saved through proper treatment.

Photo Credit: MSPCA-ANGELL

Dr. Painter said, “We’ll probably never know what caused that reaction, but we diagnosed it in time to prevent progression and save two of her legs that were in danger.”  They had to amputate her tail and one leg but expected Dollie to have a long, happy life, due to extensive teamwork between the clinic and the hospitals.

With her health challenges being managed after two months of treatment, it is time to face a different challenge — getting adopted into her forever family and home. She is now available for adoption.

Photo Credit: MSPCA-ANGELL

For now, Dollie does not need specific ongoing care.  All she needs is a family who would be willing to take her in, scars and all and whatever medical requirements she might have in the future.

What is definite is that whoever Dollie ends up with is going to have one kitty who is a fighter.

We wish you continued good health, Dollie! 

Source: The Dodo


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