A black kitten named Shuri has an incredible story that now she is also called the Little Warrior Princess.
Shuri had to battle numerous health issues since she was 2 months old. Some had put her life in danger but the Shuri and her nurses didn’t give up.
Last year in May, Simona Serban, the nurse was taking care of Shuri, decided it was time to adopt a cat, and she convinced her husband to look for a kitten. Simnona really wanted to adopt a black cat because she knows they are the last to get adopted. She and her husband found an add online with the last black kitten from its litter and they decided that was it – they’ve found what they wanted. They picked her up late one night from her owner and brought her home. Shuri was a scrawny little fur ball with cloudy eyes. She was so tiny that she could fit in one human’s hand.
They decided to name her Shuri because at that time, Simona and her husband had just watched Marvel’s Black Panther movie and they said “We wanted a strong female name for her. It was destined to be this name, give all the health issues she has and how brave she’s been through it all. She is truly Shuri The Warrior Princess.
Shuri was so tiny that Simona and her husband were afraid that they would step on her by accident. Shuri was only 500 grams (1,1 pounds) when she was adopted. She was probably the last born and the smallest.
After one day the new home, Shuri was taken to the vet to check if everything was alright. She had a fever so that the vet gave her some injections to lower the fever and to treat the cause of it. Little did Simona and her husband know, this was only the beginning of their one year struggle to save Shuri’s life.
Just 2 weeks after being adopted, Shuri had to be hospitalized because the fever was worse than the first time, her eyes and nose were badly infected. The diagnosis was Feline Herpesvirus infection or Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis. She probably got the infection when she was born, or soon after from her mother or the litter she was in. She was so fragile and weak. She even had to be put on IV.
Luckily, Simona and her husband found an amazing team of doctors at Speed Vet who took great care of Shuri and help her get better. They have been there for her in the past year and helped Shuri deal with all the health issues she had.
During her stay at the vet, the doctors discovered some other problems that Shuri had. She had fungus on her skin that was causing her to lose her fur. Unfortunately, the whole family also got infected with fungus so that they were all under treatment.
After 3 months of trips to the vet and dermatologist, dozens of pills and couple scares, they thought they were done, healthy and happy. But when Shuri turned 6 months old they started to notice some strange blood spots on her eyes and ears. After doing some blood tests she was diagnosed with Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia – a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys blood platelets. The meant that in case of surgery, a severe fall or blow she could bleed out.
The whole family battled this disease together for another 6 months. “It was very hard for all of us. The treatment gave some serious side effects and we had to be very careful with her.” – Simona said.
Because her immune system was suppressed by the treatment, Shuri got infected with the fungus again. So they had to fight the fungus and the immune disease simultaneously.
Shuri stopped growing when she was about 6 months old. Since then she has maintained the same weight (2,6 kg ~ 5.7 pounds). Simona think that it’s because of all the health issues she had and all the treatments she went through. She is about half the size of a normal cat but fortunately, that isn’t dangerous for her health.
She is one year old now and fungus free. She was healthy enough to be sprayed. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find the cause of the immune disease so it’s possible to reappear anytime, but let’s be hoping for the best.
“It was a very hard and stressful year for all of us, but we are incredibly grateful she is alive and healthy and we enjoy every minute with her. We love her so much and we can’t imagine life without her.” – Simona said.
“Despite all the health issues, she is a very happy and playful cat. She runs around the house like she is a puma, she spends a lot of time at the windows birdwatching. She loves to cuddle with us, naps in our arms after we get home from work and only sleeps between us in bed. She likes to wake us up very early in the morning to play with her, chews on our ankles and, like all cats, she loves to hide in boxes and paper bags.”
This one is called the Shurizaurus pose. She still has the IV mittens here.
“She has a great personality. We love to dress her up and take photos of her and most of the time, she collaborates. I particularly love, when I manage to capture her pink tongue in action.” – Simona shared.
Let’s all pray the best for Shuri for she has been being a strong warrior and fought her battle very well.