I am legit in love with this little nut and cannot WAIT to see what’s next for him! 💖
Okay, I’m biased, I admit it. However, I offered the name for his foster mom Dani Giroux and her rescue, Runaways Animal Rescue, of which I do sit on the board. So while I have a vested interest in this little nugget, I also have a feeling that when the world meets baby Pistachio, they will feel the same way we do. We can’t get enough of him and his little tongue peeking mouth.
Mid-June 2020, Dani, a.k.a. Dani the Cat Lady, was contacted by another rescue friend in the Tampa, FL area. All to often, kittens are found alone or abandoned and in desperate need of medical assistance. This tiny kitten looked to be only a couple of weeks old and there wasn’t another cat anywhere to be found.
He’s got a bit going on: URI, eye infections, and a shortened bottom jaw which allows his tongue to always hang out. We will get him into the vet in the next few days, as I suspect he has some other congenital issues as well.
Little Pistachio loves being in foster care and doesn’t think twice about his small stature.
Now that he is a Runaway’s Rescue, he gets to learn how to “cat” AND “dog” at Dani’s house. Although dog’s may just prove to be warm pillows to him.
He’s still just a bit sniffly from his URI but that should clear up shortly. It’s certainly not stopping him from twinkle toe’ing around and following you wherever you go.
But this tiny nut isn’t doing one important thing…growing much!
Pistachio is about 10-11 weeks old now and still weighs less than 2 pounds.
On average, kittens in the U.S. are spayed/neutered around 2 months of age and minimum 2 pounds in weight. But as Pistachio’s foster brothers and sisters grow and are adopted out, he remains petite.
It’s rare in felines, but it’s possible that he is showing signs of hypothyroidism.
Your cat’s thyroid glands regulate the speed at which your cat’s body metabolism works – much like the accelerator on your vehicle regulates the speed of your car. It does this by producing a hormone called thyroxine or T-4 that regulates the speed of all body processes. When your cat produces too much of it and its metabolic rate sores, it has become hyperthyroid.
If you’re a cat fan, you know of one very special cat named Lil Bub with dwarfism and that it NEVER kept her from ANYTHING!
Typically, affected kittens appear normal at birth, but noticeable changes, such as a decrease in growth rate, become evident by 6 to 8 wk of age.
That is a beautiful gorgeous cat and we hope he has a good. God bless…! 🙏🙏🙏