Ladle Needs Our Help: A Kitten Who Beat the Odds
Ladle was found as a tiny kitten living underneath a house with his mom and the rest of his litter (who were all named after utensils). As soon as he and his siblings were picked up by our volunteers, it was clear that Ladle was a little bit different. The side of his face was very swollen and we rushed him to the emergency room immediately, but the reason turned out to be a bit of a mystery! The swollen area contained a clear fluid that continually filled back up and had to be drained every few days with a needle. After multiple vet and specialist visits it was determined that he had an extremely rare tear duct cyst that was causing the fluid to accumulate inside the side of his face.
This cyst had also caused major bone deformities in his skull as it grew. In addition to having no structural support around the eye, this had resulted in bone necrosis, a broken temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and severe misalignment of his jaw (malocclusion) leading to his teeth poking into his soft palate. Ladle required two major surgeries to try to help resolve these many issues: the first was with soft tissue surgeons, to delicately remove the cyst without damaging the nerves, and the second will be with dental and oral surgeons to address the deformed jaw and remove the teeth impacting his comfort.
Despite everything that Ladle has been through, he is cheerful, playful, and always up for snuggles. He loves chasing crinkle balls down the hall, rolling around in packing paper, making nonstop biscuits, and purring like a truck engine. We are so grateful he will have the opportunity to live a life free of pain and that he is happy and loved.
If you're able to, please consider helping support Ladle and pets just like him; let's give them the lives they deserve.
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