Meet Francis, a three-week-old kitten who only weighs 4 ounces (113 grams), which is similar to the weight of a newborn baby. He was brought into the shelter because something seemed amiss. Despite being three years old, Francis is exceptionally small and can fit on a spoon! His petite size made many skeptical about his survival chances, but this little fighter proved them wrong and emerged victorious. He had been rescued from the streets recently.
The little kitten was brought to the NOVA Cat Clinic where it received exceptional care from Ellen Carozza, who is a Licensed Cat Veterinary Technician. She took on the role of fostering the kitten when it required extensive attention. Francis, as they named him, had a relatively small body in comparison to his large head, and his weight was just four ounces, while his siblings weighed over 10 ounces. During the initial examination, it was determined that Francis had a heart murmur and had lost some of his fur. To confirm the diagnosis, two more tests were performed on him.
Right from the start, Francis didn’t let his tiny size hold him back. He had a hearty appetite and would keep meowing until he got picked up and cuddled by Ellen. Despite his small size, he had a powerful purring engine. Since Francis needed to be bottle-fedaound the clock, he spent most of his time snuggled up to Ellen, who took him to work and even carried him in her pocket when he wanted her undivided attention. Benny, Ellen’s resident cat, took on the role of Francis’ foster father. He taught the kitten how to use the litter box and even helped him take his first bite of solid food.
Francis’ victory in trying out wet kitten food for the first time is a significant accomplishment for this little magical kitty. According to Ellen, who consulted with several experts, Francis does not have hypothyroidism as previously thought but may be suffering from a deficiency in growth hormones. Despite his young age, Francis has been dealing with various issues that require careful attention. When he was only six weeks old, Francis was already smaller than other kittens his age, but he is a fighter nonetheless. Ellen reported that his belly is the most significant part of his 0.755-pound weight.
Francis is quite a vocal feline and loves to showcase his masculinity. Ellen, his owner, recently found an impeccable outfit that suits his personality perfectly- a cute tuxedo. When the time comes, he will be handed over to one of Ellen’s family members. As Francis grows older, he required a bigger bed, which was promptly arranged for him to enjoy his beauty sleep. At just eight weeks old, this little kitten with a charming mustache has transformed into a handsome feline, and his tuxedo only adds to his charm. He has come a long way from being a tiny spoon-sized kitten to a debonair gentleman.
Ellen emphasized the importance of patience, perseverance, and determination in saving Francis’ life. Despite being a challenging case, the vet clinic did not give up on him and their efforts paid off in the end. Ellen encourages others to have faith in difficult cases, as there is always someone willing to lend a helping hand.