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Little Orphans Kitten Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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As a newborn, Marik was found outside in a neighborhood yard. His breathing looked labored and his ribcage looked a bit off. Marik was in for a difficult journey due to a condition called pectus excavatum, where the rib cage is deformed or not fully developed.

Our local veterinarian was not experienced with pectus excavatum but was able to consult with experts before performing surgery on Marik. After the surgery, Marik had to wear a brace for a few months.

Marik's pectus excavatum treatment ranged from May 2022 to October 2022 and totaled $2,958.87. We are extremely grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for awarding a grant to help with the cost of his medical care.

Marik is in good health, although you can still see a "dent" by his ribcage. He will still need to go for regular checkups, but is expected to do well.

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While he was still undergoing treatment, we had an adopter lined up for Marik; however, they backed out due to the length of time his treatment was taking.

After his treatments and follow-ups were finished, Marik was sent to our partner, Lucky Cat Cafe, in November of 2022. He was about 6 months old then. Just eight days after arriving at the cafe, he was adopted.

This is what Lucky Cat Cafe shared about his adoption:

“Congrats to Marik, an adorable black kitten who was recently adopted by John. Marik was found abandoned as a newborn and bottle-fed until he was old enough to eat on his own. Thank you to his fosters at Little Orphans Kitten Rescue. Marik will have two siblings, Gigi and Leo. Happy Nine Lives to Marik!”

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