This is a story about a very special kitten named Porg. He was found abandoned in a cardboard box on the porch. When he was found he had a large wound on his neck, which was presumed at that time to be caused by some sort of trauma. He was also a very small kitten, weighing over just 1 pound. He was taken to the ER veterinarian where his wound was repaired with stitches.
The next day he was brought in to see the doctor for a full examination. Everyone in that room described it as love at sight! He was so unusual and everyone just adored his feisty spirit – he was described as 1.3 pounds of eyeballs and sass. The doctor – who brought this story out, was suggested to foster him until he was healthy and oversee his recovery. Well then, of course, the cat came home with the doctor that day and became a permanent member of his family.
The doctor said “At first we thought he was just unusual in appearance- he had VERY large eyes and a few other anatomical variants (like a smaller lower jaw) but otherwise, he seemed healthy.” It was his large eyes that landed him the name of Porg, inspired by a creature in Star Wars. However, the doctor learned that he was not normal – things like grooming or scratching his ears or neck would lead to large recurrent tears on his skin, which is obviously not normal for a kitten.
“So it was during surgical repair of one of these wounds that I performed a skin biopsy to see what the underlying cause may be. It, unfortunately, confirmed my suspicion that Porg suffered from a hereditary collagen defect, which is known most commonly as Elhers Danlos Syndrome. This is quite unusual in cats and is what earned him his nickname of a ‘glass kitten’, he is just so incredibly fragile.”
“We share a special bond with him and just adore him. It has been quite a difficult learning process finding what helps to keep his skin healthy and safe, but we now have our routine down and he has been doing great!”
Clothing has been incredibly important in protecting Porg’s skin. They are always looking for outfits that fit the best and provide the most coverage while ensuring he is comfortable.
Porg also suffers from an eye condition called lens luxations. Lens luxations have also been reported in some cats with Elhers Danlos Syndrome. At this time his eyes are well managed with daily eye drops.
Porg’s personality is described to be very active and loves to play around.
However, once he quiets down, he is the biggest cuddler and has the loudest purr.
Porg’s appearance with his feature big eyes reminds me of those cats illustrated in anime cartoon movies.. Or perhaps he just escaped from a story without the writer acknowledging it?
Image credits: porg_the_glass_kitten