A Tiny Kitten Called Gram

This is the story of Gram, aka Ivy, until his true gender was discovered.

Gram came to us as a sweet little six week kitten who was living outside. He has had continuous diarrhea and just never grew like his sibs did. Despite all the loving care from his foster mom, today he is about 6 months old and looks about the size of a 3 month old kitten.

We rushed him to the personal vet of one of our volunteers on Sunday because he was so constipated and discovered he has a constricted sphincter. – his sphincter is so narrow that solid poop can’t get thru. So our attempts to solidify his stools caused the poop to just back up in him…resulting in mega colon. 

12728874_1060543817322780_6879675942684012214_nThis afternoon he is going through surgery to address the constricted sphincter. There is a risk to his surgery…as there is any time a kitty has to go under anesthetic, but especially with Gram as he is so tiny.

You probably have already guessed the ending to this story. His surgery is not cheap. We can’t leave him as he is and do nothing – his only hope is this surgery. We are going to have to do some mega fundraising for this little guy. He is a charismatic little boy, who has won the hearts of everyone he has encountered.

Gram’s surgery alone will likely cost in the vicinity of $1000 plus there will be vet aftercare to pay. Please, if you can find it in your heart to help him, your donation, large or small, will be greatly appreciated.

Update on February 18th

Good news!

12744440_1060544533989375_4380220344881777060_nGram’s surgery didn’t start until about 7pm and we got the call at around 8:30pm that he came through it fine. He was all wrapped up in a nice warm towel and just waking up.

Happy dances going on all over the place at this good news.The anesthetic was so risky for him, cause he is such a little guy.

Gram will have to spend the next few weeks with the vet (not that the staff there will mind), on a liquid diet to keep things flowing so as to not put any pressure on the area. Once all is healed up nicely, it will be time to address the mega colon. But one step at a time.

A heartfelt “Thank you” to all of you from all of us. The funds are rolling in to help pay for Gram’s surgery and for his after care. You don’t know how good it is to know that when we have to make these decisions to save these little babies, and we don’t make them lightly, you have our backs.

Update on February 19th

Here’s Gram, last evening, shortly after his surgery.

From Foster Mom, who has loved him since he was six weeks old: “Very happy to announce that tiny Gram has made it through his surgery! We were most worried about the anesthesia itself because of his stunted growth. Fingers crossed it’s all uphill from here. He had just woken up when this picture was taken, and looks decidedly unimpressed with the world — rightfully so!”

Thank you, from Gram, his foster mom, and all the Ninth Life Cat Rescue volunteers and vet staff who have cared for this baby. Together we have raised a little over $1000…enough to pay for his surgery. Vet aftercare is still to come. 


We have had so many sick kitties lately…this always happens at this time of year when most of the cats we are rescuing are coming from outdoors and have faced hunger and cold. We do have a ‘monthly donation’ option in Canada Helps. If you could consider donating just $10 or $20 a month to Ninth Life Cat Rescue, it would help us so much in paying our vets who do such wonderful things for our cats.

Thank you again!

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2 Comments on "A Tiny Kitten Called Gram"

  • I have rescued many cats two of which need special attention. I have one little one with no bones in her right front paw who I have to help daily. My other little girl came home from the shelter and got pneumonia and infections in her eyes and ears. We had to medicate and feed her every 2 hrs for months not knowing if she’d live. Our vet said if we didn’t get her and take care of her she would have died.
    I’d love to be a part of this sweet blossoms recovery. We are well equips but not rich. We have no kids or dogs. Our cats are up to date on shots and are fed top food. We live ten minutes from our vet whom we’ve known for near ten years who is loving and compassionate.
    Hubby and I also are home a lot. He works from home and I’m trying to get a home business going to rid myself of disability too so we could be with him all the time. Please let me know the particulars when and if he could be adopted. What his prognosis is and if you truly think he’ll live. We will go to bat for the undercoat in every way. Please let me know.
    Love Hecate

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