When Simona and her partner decided it was time to adopt a cat, they had no idea what was in store. After searching online, they found a tiny black kitten who was desperate for a home.
Shuri, as they later named her, was so small that she could fit in one hand. Born at just 1.1lb, she was the smallest and weakest of the litter… but that didn’t put the animal-loving couple off.
Shuri has fought for her life ever since
It’s been a real struggle for the close trio ever since. Shuri immediately fell ill with a fever and eventually ended up in kitty hospital as her eyes and nose were so badly infected. It turned out she had, and will always have, FIV. The little kitten was so weak, that she had to be put on IV.
And to make matters worse, the veterinary team discovered Shuri had a fungus problem which was causing her to lose her fur. Thankfully, after dozens of pills and months of treatment, it appeared Shuri was finally in tip-top condition.
And there was more bad news on the way
6 months later, after noticing some odd-looking spots of blood in Shuri’s eyes and ears and heading back to the vet, Shuri was diagnosed with Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia.
“It’s a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys blood platelets. This meant that in case of surgery, a severe fall or blow she could bleed out” Simona said to Bored Panda.
“We battled this for another 6 months. It was very hard for all of us. The treatment gave some serious side effects and we had to be very careful with her. Because her immune system was suppressed by the treatment, she got infected with the fungus again. So we had to fight with the fungus and the immune disease simultaneously.”
But now, Suri the forever-kitten has finally recovered
Thankfully, Suri is now all clear of fungus and disease and is living her best life with her dedicated mum and dad.
But Suri stopped growing at 6 months old and is, what we’d call, a forever-kitten. Due to her intensive health problems as a kitten, she’s only about half the size of a normal adult cat and is unlikely to grow any further. Thankfully, this isn’t dangerous for her health.
“It was a very hard and stressful year for all of us, but we are incredibly grateful she is alive and healthy and we enjoy every minute with her. We love her so much and we can’t imagine life without her.”
What an adorable story! It just shows how any animal, no matter how weak they may be, deserves a chance to fight for their life. Check out some of Suri's adventures down below...