Oct 12 Update: TATE’S SHUNT SURGERY WAS A SUCCESS!!
Tater Tot is an orphan polydactyl kitten being fostered by Kitkat Playroom, a nonprofit rescue in Woodbury, NJ.
Tater has a condition called hydrocephalus. This condition causes excess cerebral spinal fluid to build up in her brain. Hydrocephalus occurs in other animals, like doggos, and also in humans. Hydrocephalus is not curable, but it is treatable.
In some cats, daily, life-long medication will manage hydrocephalus symptoms. We tried medications first with Tate, but they did not work for her.
Tate has had two life-saving fluid drains when the CSF built up in her brain to a critical level. Fluid drains are risky and temporary solutions.
Tate received a magnetic adjustable shunt, which drains excess fluid regularly from her brain, on October 12, 2018.
She will be the youngest kitten EVER to have this type of shunt placed.
It was also her ONLY chance at life. And it was a success!! She is now in recovery from surgery and she’s doing amazing!
She was born approximately August 8, 2018. Tater Tot was found alone as a stray when she was only 1-week-old on the streets of Philadelphia and brought to ACCT Philly. Kitkat Playroom rescued her from the city shelter on August 19.
Tate’s exceptional weight chart: https://goo.gl/fN7hfJ
WHY IS SHE NAMED TATE?
As I was driving back to NJ with Tate, it was a dreary, cloudy, rainy day. I had this super bright, orange kitten next to me in the car. The Temptations song broke into my head and that’s all I could hear, “I’ve got sunshine… on a cloudy day….”
I named her Tate after the Temptations. She has a zillion nicknames. Tater Tot, Sweet Potater, Tigger Tot, Tatty, Tatum, Tater, Tater Salad… you can call her whatever you want. 😉
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