Munchie is a 7-month-old kitten with a unique disease that prevents him from growing much larger.

Munchie is an adult cat that looks like a kitten and weighs barely 1.6 kg.

Because of hypoparathyroidism, a rare disease that only one other cat on the planet has, he will never grow to adulthood. Munchie’s current owner, Emily Tomlinson, 30, first found the cat in September of this year. She was found by a passerby in a park and taken to a veterinary clinic in Wolverhampton, where she was working at the time.

She is thought to be about 3-4 months old. The previous owner must have dumped the kitten on the street because of her “cloudy” eyes. The symptoms were due to bilateral corneal edema and did not affect her vision. Munchie was sheltered by Emily for a week. Since no one was willing to take this kitten home, she made the decision to abandon him permanently.

All was well until Munchie became ill at the end of December. Emily immediately took him to the doctor. Tests showed that the kitten’s calcium levels were severely low. At the time, no one thought to get a blood test for hypoparathyroidism. Because it is so rare a disease.

And the reality that this kitten would need calcium and vitamin D supplementation for the rest of his life also became clear much later. Munchie seems to be an average kitten according to her owner. On the other hand, there are days when he is quiet and rarely plays.

All of this has to do with his illness, which is characterized by lethargy and fever.

‘Munchie is a sweet kitten. When he wants my attention, he comes on my lap, sleeps with me, and rubs his muzzle in my face,” Emily said of her cat. It was love at first sight. The moment she saw Munchie, she knew it was her cat.

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