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Potato, the Stumpy Cat

This little cat is named Giselle, but she's called Potato, and she goes by realstumpycat on Instagram. She is blind and has multiple deformities due to inbreeding among dwarf Munchkin cats. The breeder turned her over to the Massachusetts SPCA, where she was adopted by a cat lover named Holly who has experience with special needs cats. Holly tells us more about Potato's ailments.

In addition to her skeletal deformities, her organs are to big, her rib cage is way to small and her head is to big which adds weight to her spine.. Her heart is being protected by her tiny rib cage but her lungs are squished and makes it difficult for her to breath.. Things like car rides and even picking her up stresses her out a lot and make her breathing even worse.. Although she has become very playful, she gets tired quickly and needs to rest her lungs.. She has been treated since the day she was surrendered by her amazing pain specialist, Dr. Moses.. This is the woman that agreed to give this girl a fighting chance at a better life and I thank her for all her honesty and compassion for Mrs Potato Cat.. We have a medication routine with her feedings and she is on 2 meds daily so she is not uncomfortable currently.. We have spent a lot of time trying to get an idea of all her ailments so we can be prepared as things change over her lifetime.. She was also blind from birth most likely, she knows no different and it’s doesn’t bother her at all!

Despite her abnormalities, Potato is as cute as can be, and gets along fine with the other household cats. You can see more of Potato at Instagram.  -via Laughing Squid

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There's a lot going on influencing this stuff, though I can't address how much the neutering has had on this type of situation.From what I can tell some of it is the buyer's selfishness and pride. They want the trendiest pet/most unique/cutest pet.

Some of it is selfishness and greed on the part of breeders. They can get the most money selling these high-value deformities by breeding more of them to each other. Throw-away runts and defects are handed off to the local animal shelter for other people to deal with(just like this story). It even goes in waves. Just watch which breeds wind up in large numbers in shelters a few months after a big hit movie comes out like 101 Dalmatians or Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
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The drive to neuter household pets has helped create this sort of travesty. When I was a kid, if someone wanted a pet, they waited until a well behaved and healthy neighborhood animal had a liter and then got one for free.
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