Marlin

ORIGIN: Marlin and his 2 feral brothers, Bass and Guppie, came to Kitten Lady from a rescue.

Marlin's brothers weighed around 3 pounds, but he was only 1.5. Stunted growth is a common side effect of his condition.

Marlin's brothers weighed around 3 pounds, but he was only 1.5. Stunted growth is a common side effect of his condition.

ABOUT THE KITTEN: Marlin was literally half the size of his feral brothers, and it was immediately apparent something about his butt looked odd. His personality was different from a healthy kitten, too. It was clear he was in pain and not playful. After his treatment (see: “Journey”), Marlin became a totally different kitten -- he began to purr incessantly, to eat voraciously, and to learn how to play! Marlin could finally discover what it is to be a kitten.

JOURNEY: Due to his #ButtTroubles, Marlin went to the vet quite a bit. Originally the vet just gave him an enema and sent him on his way. But in spite of the enema and dietary changes, his little butt was just not performing.

Fortunately, due to Kitten Lady donations, Marlin saw a specialist who really knows their stuff when it comes to kitten butts (NOVA Cat Clinic in Arlington, VA). After an x-ray, they immediately identified the problem: Marlin had a congenital defect known as atresia ani. Atresia ani is a congenital anomaly in which the lower gastrointestinal tract is malformed, essentially making it impossible for the kitten to pass stool. Marlin's condition also caused him to be abnormally small -- which explained his stunted growth. Without treatment, Marlin would have no chance of survival.

Here’s the best way to describe Marlin's condition: it’s like he was given the wrong butt at the butt factory. They were supposed to give him a kitten butt, but instead, they gave him a mouse butt.

So here’s what happened: once a week, for three weeks in a row, Marlin's vet performed a procedure to expand Marlin's rectum. After 3 sessions (including 2 relapses), the procedure took and he was able to poop correctly ever since!

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Once he was healthy, Marlin was adopted! You can follow his continuing story with Alexandria at alkeen17 on Instagram.