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Pituitary dwarf cat? (weighs 2lb at 7 months)

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by VixB, Apr 14, 2011.


  1. VixB

    VixB PetForums Junior

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    I was wondering if anybody has any experience of this? I posted a few weeks ago about my concern for my 6 month old kitten that weighs just under 2lbs. Since my last post she has been backwards and forwards to the vets. They initially thought it could a be liver shunt, meaning her liver wasn't functioning so she wasn't absorbing food / proteins, she had bile acid tests and it seems everything is functioning correctly. She is in good general health. Lily has now been referred to a specialist centre, we went the other day and the specialist is now thinking she could be a pituitary dwaf cat, which is very very rare, he and all the other specialists in the centre have never seen a case of it in over 30 years experience. Tests are now underway, which take a month to get the results, to see if Lily has any growth hormone. It is all pointing to this, she still has kitten fur although is now just under 7 months old which is another main sympton. If it does come back she is a pituitary dwarf then she may only live 3 - 4 years so basically we'll have a kitten for the next 3 - 4 years. We are obviously upset that we won't have her for the next 15 years as we'd hoped but hoping that at least the next 3 - 4 years she may live happily and healthily. The vet was joking that if she stays this size we may end up owning the smallest cat in the world!! she's such a beautiful little kitty, not been a minute's trouble, beautifully natured, a total lap cat who loves to snuggle, we love her so much!
     
  2. Gratch

    Gratch PetForums VIP

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    I'm really sorry that you won't get to enjoy 15+ yeas with her but I'm sure you'll do right by her as a specialist can't be cheap! Hoping for a long, happy and healthy life for her and lots of joy for you from her. I've never heard of this myself but I guess it's bound to happen!
     
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    hobbs2004 PetForums VIP

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    Gosh, VixB, please don't get this wrong, of course I am gutted for you that you may only have your little furball for a short while, but how fascinating at the same time. See this is my fourth attempted reply and it still doesn't sound right :eek:
     
  4. HannahKate

    HannahKate PetForums Senior

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    Ditto! I never want to come across as a nosey vet student just enjoying an interesting case but it really is interesting. So often you read of these things in books and study them but never ever hear of them actually happening. Fingers crossed that it isn't pituitary dwarfism. Is that the only hormone that they think is affected?
     
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    Gratch PetForums VIP

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    I don't think they'll take it wrong, I certainly understand what you mean. It may be the only time you ever hear about something like this and depending on VixB, see (if you were to post pictures). I'm sure they'll cram alot of love into the years they have.
     
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    Ianthi PetForums VIP

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    Unless of course I count my eighteen year old cat who strangers nearly always refer to as your 'kitten' owing to her small size, no I've not had direct experience of this at all!!

    Even if she does test positive, I wouldn't get too despondent about her projected short lifespan. After all this is a very rare conditon and just because the others didn't pass the 4-5 mark, doesn't mean yours won't! It's like the prognoses given for feline cancer-quite often the cats go on to live for many years as opposted to the predicted months.

    Think you would be well within your rights to charge the referral centre for this very rare educational opportunity! :)

    Hope she's doing well at present!
     
  7. VixB

    VixB PetForums Junior

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    No offence taken!! It is very intriguing, even for us, as the only thing seemingly wrong with her is her tiny size, I'm quite sure she isn't suffering in any way.

    Yes they are thinking it is pituitary related, initial thoughts were a liver problem but this has now been ruled out. The test they are doing now is something to do with the insulin in her blood, results take a month to come back from this so we just have to wait and see.

    I'm posting from my phone at the mo, I'll post some pix from my laptop tomorrow, she's beautiful!!
     
  8. Angie2011

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    Bless! good luck with your baby! and welcome :)
     
  9. momentofmadness

    momentofmadness PetForums VIP

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    Have you got a picture...

    My vet thought the same about one of my hamster babies..
    They said they couldn't test her she was so small... and they had never seen it before .. I know its not the same as your cat.. But so far she has had a good life..
    Mimi This is her
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    And her sibblings at the same time..

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    I kept hold her and she started to grow hair and grow herself so one of my friends had her.. :)


    I really hope your cat is okay.. Big Hugs.. xxx
     
  10. VixB

    VixB PetForums Junior

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    Here are a few pix of our little Lily! (slight pic overload I'm afraid!!)

    Here she is when we got her at just under 10 weeks

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    Sleeping baby!!

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    Taken last week...enjoying some sunshine on the window sill

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    Taken this morning..to give you an idea of size, my shoe is a size 7!

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  11. Jenny1966

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    How adorable is she :001_wub: she is gorgeous :)
     
  12. welshjet

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    Lilly - what a beautiful name for a absolutely beautiful kitten xxx

    Pics are fab, the one if your shoes show her size, i cant believe how tiny she is, but good things come in small packages and even though shes small she'll have loads of love for you xxxxxx
     
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    she's a beauty. Hope you'll have her around for a very long time x
     
  14. Tinydougie

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    I know this is an old thread but if the original poster reads this can you give an update or send me a pm please? I have adopted a 4 year old cat that had been diagnosed as a kitten with this also and would like to know your experience with it.

    Thank you :)
     
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