Mui Mui, the mama cat, was surrendered to a Seattle shelter after she lost three of her kittens during birth. Before arriving at Seattle Humane, her human family gave her to a helpful neighbor who tried to care for her.
But then, the mama had a medical emergency and lost the kittens.
Afterward, the person brought the mama to Seattle Humane. And it’s a good thing they acted fast!
On the way to the shelter, something amazing happened!
She gave birth to one tiny kitten, who survived, and was given the name Ms. Mouse. The tiny kitten was a “welcome surprise” when she arrived at the shelter’s medical center alongside her mother.
Soon after arrival, the vets discovered the mama cat had a life-threatening problem: One fetus that wouldn’t make it remained stuck inside her.
So the vets needed to act immediately and save Mui Mui’s life, surgically removing the poor unfortunate soul. Then she could be reunited with little Ms. Mouse and care for her one surviving baby.
Fortunately, Mui Mui made it through the procedure and was soon back with her singleton kitten. After such an ordeal, both recovered and went to a foster home together.
“After recovery, Mui Mui was reunited with her one kitten, Ms. Mouse. They are now doing well and getting lots of cuddles and playtime together in a foster home,” Seattle Humane shared.
Mui Mui the mama cat at Seattle Humane with Ms. Mouse the kitten. Images via Facebook/Seattle Humane
Once mama and her baby are ready, they will find homes, and everyone hopes they’ll be together furever.
As you can see, Mui Mui has folded ears, which could mean she is a Scottish Fold cat. Unfortunately, these are some of the most controversial cats and desirable to unscrupulous breeders.
Although the folded ears are cute, it’s due to a genetic disease called osteochondrodysplasia, or FOCD. Not only does it cause the ear cartilage to fold over, but causes abnormal cartilage and bone throughout their bodies. FOCD may lead to debilitating and painful joint pain, stiffness, arthritis, lameness, and other health issues.
Also, their folded ears can be subject to ear mites and infections and need regular cleaning. As they age, the cats will probably need medication, a special diet, and regular vet visits. It can get quite expensive.
Breeders may claim the issues are resolved by breeding a Scottish Fold to another cat, but kittens born with folded ears will still very likely have the same health issues.
Those born with straight ears may be called British or Scottish Shorthairs. While they may still carry the gene, they won’t have FOCD.
Mui Mui’s baby Ms. Mouse, may or may not have inherited her genetic mutation.
The kitten’s ears tend to start folding around 3-4 weeks of age if they have inherited the trait. We hope the little one does not have these health issues.
Regardless, both the pretty mama and adorable baby deserve to live their best lives in their adopted homes.