Toronto opens its heart to kitten born with no anus

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A dear little kitten born with missing parts and other anomalies has made her way into the hearts of Torontonians.

“Dora” is a tortoiseshell kitty brought to the vet earlier in June for bowel issues.

She seemed to be very constipated, but the vet quickly ascertained that Dora has a rare birth defect — an imperforate anus — and would require surgery.

The kitten was born without an anal opening, an imperfection that also affects one in 5,000 human babies. Surgery can correct the issue.

Dora came into the care of the Annex Cat Rescue at 8 weeks old.

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The volunteer-run organization immediately put word out into the community that Dora would need surgery at a cost of about $6500.

Generous cat lovers in our fair city came through at once.

The surgery will give Dora a fresh start, clearing out accumulated faeces from her colon and giving her a properly wired and reconstructed anus. The cat has also had surgery on an internal tear.


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On their Instagram page, Annex Cat Rescue posted on June 11 that Dora had sailed through her initial surgery but would need more done.

She had surgery again Tuesday so the doctor could remove more of the impacted fecal matter. Dora was awake and out of the anesthetic, and updates on her condition will be posted (@annexcatrescue) on Instagram and on the charity site.

Laura, one of the foster coordinators at Annex Cat Rescue, described Dora at eight weeks as small enough to fit in the palm of her hand.

“You can imagine how delicate the surgical procedures are,” she said.

She explained that the surgeon has been using the tiniest forceps to try to remove faecal material from the kitty’s body.

Surgical reconstruction will help Dora have a better future.


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She may have ongoing bowel issues, but only time will tell. Laura explained that a similar case some years ago in the U.S. had a happy ending, so fingers crossed for Dora.

Meanwhile, Annex Cat Rescue still welcomes donations for Dora, as she will undoubtedly need more medical assistance with this issue.

Annex Cat Rescue has been somewhat overwhelmed as a result of COVID, and there are far more cats and cat litters than in other years.

The TNR (trap, neuter, release) program that kept the feral cat population in the city under control was halted because of lockdown — closed clinics and house-bound volunteers — and for a variety of other reasons there has been an explosion in the cat population.

So any donations not needed by Dora will go to help many other feline friends. And people in Toronto have really shown their good hearts where Dora is concerned.

“It’s been incredible how many people have contributed,” said Laura.

You can donate to Annex Cat Rescue for Dora here.


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