The kitten with the extravagant paw. That’s how everyone knows Milly, an energetic puppy rescued by Caroline Grace, the founder of Baby Kitten Rescue. The cat had been taken to a veterinary clinic soon after birth due to a congenital anomaly in a paw. But he needed more than an orthopedic consult.
“The person who welcomed her into the world knew right away that something was wrong with her. The vet referred her to us. And seeing this precious angel, I couldn’t say no,” says Caroline. Mildred, Milly to friends, is a purring machine, and is so happy when she is pampered and adored.
There is nothing wrong with her: she does everything exactly like any other puppy. Yet her head is disproportionate to her tiny body and one foreleg of hers is bent inward. Because of this condition she has a bit of a peculiar gait and always keeps her paw in mid-air, but that doesn’t stop her from running, jumping, climbing and making pasta.
After doing an MRI, X-rays and blood tests, the vets had a better understanding of his condition, which is much more serious than expected. In fact, the cat not only has radial aplasia, a congenital defect caused by the absence of the radius bone, but also hydrocephalus, an accumulation of liquid in the skull which makes her head larger than normal but did not allow to the front of his brain to develop properly.
The hydrocephalus is now being treated with drugs that try to reduce the pressure on the brain, then surgery will be considered which could improve the quality of his life, but the situation will have to be monitored very closely. “So far she has shown very few neurological symptoms, but despite the situation Milly knows how to use the litter box perfectly, eat, play”, says Caroline. “Her leg doesn’t cause any pain and she uses it functionally. It’s just a little quirk that makes her really special. She deserves to live a full and happy life.” And we wish them that.