Life of a Perma-Kitten
The term Perma-Kitten might not be as well-known to the internet world as the name Lil Bub. This internet sensation is the world’s cutest, dwarf cat, which suffers from a medical condition, similar to dwarfism in humans. A Perma-Kitten is an adult cat, which has fully developed bones and has matured, yet maintains its “kitten-like” features. This results in eyes that appear to large for the cat’s face, enlarged facial features and other characteristics/traits, which we might consider “cute.”
What Causes Anchrodroplasia?
This is the condition, which is akin to dwarfism in humans. It is caused by hereditary conditions and can be passed down by a kitten’s parents. Genetic disorders are common. However, given the popularity of internet sensation Lil Bub, more and more people are dangerously cross-breeding. Today, dwarfism, or the Perma-Kitten condition is caused primarily because of cross-breeding. Not only is this a dangerous practice, but it can also adversely affect a cat’s ability to function as well.
Anchrodroplasia is a condition that results in shorter limbs and unusual proportionality (face, body, limbs, etc.). It is a genetic condition. It can also cause neurological disorders in some cats who suffer from this condition, depending on the severity. Additionally, some cats also suffer from
- Pulmonary disorders
- Difficulty breathing/swallowing, and digesting food
- Many suffer from limiting physical defects
- General mobility issues
And, most of these cats suffer from severe pain daily, making it difficult for them to mobilize. These cats remain stagnant and inside a majority of the time because it’s difficult for them to move around outside.
Potential Problems Associated with Anchrodroplasia
There are several common features you’ll notice in Perma-Kittens including
- Small body and frame
- Their limbs are fully grown/developed, however, their body remains smaller in stature, similar to kittens
- Many of these cats have a difficult time breathing
- Some have problems with being able to move, walk, and perform normal functions throughout the day
- If they’re cross-bred, these conditions are further exacerbated
How does this Condition Develop?
In most cases, the kitten’s bones continue to develop at a normal rate. Some cats are also affected by osteoporosis (stone bone condition/disease), which is common in humans, however, it is extremely rare in cats. If this is the case, they are going to have a difficult time walking, and will have pain when walking or moving long distances. The bones continue to grow and become dense in the cat’s body, and over time, they begin to deform.
The reason for this is that the cat’s body is not growing at a normal rate. More often than not, the cat has stopped growing altogether by the time they are about 1-year old. So, their bones don’t grow in the normal direction. This causes mobility issues and can lead to a great deal of pain if your cat suffers from this condition. For some cats, they might also have low or no bone marrow to protect their bones, which can further infuriate their pain and cause general body discomfort.
Given the infamy of Lil Bub, the internet sensation, pulsed magnetic therapy has become a widely sought out way for treating this condition in cats. It’s widely used in European countries for treating humans and animals alike. Pulse therapy is meant to help break down overgrown cells in the cat’s body. These cells, which are growing at a rate faster than the cat is developing, cause the bones to become dense. By breaking down those cells, reduces the pressure which is being placed on the bones. Therefore, fewer aches and pains are experienced by cats (humans) who suffer from this condition.
Although it’s a genetic disorder, today more and more people are cross-breeding animals (cats) to mimic the dwarf-like appearance. Even though it looks cute, it’s important to spread the right information about this practice. It’s not only dangerous for the cat, but it can also decrease their life expectancy.
If your cat suffers from Anchrodroplasia, there are treatments out there that can help reduce the levels of pain they experience. If you aren’t sure of the right treatment course, talk to your vet. It’s best to discuss the condition as early as you realize they might have development issues, to ensure the best course of action/treatments available.
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