Giselle the Itty Bitty Cat Takes Huge Strides Toward Recovery

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The story of Giselle involves a tiny cat with a lot of big issues.

When she showed up at the Boston MSPCA shelter, she was so small she could literally fit in the palm of a human hand — despite already being two years old. But against some pretty steep odds, this dwarf Munchkin cat now looks forward to spending her days in a warm and safe forever home.

Writing to the Instagram account that was set up in October to help spread awareness and get her adopted, Giselle explained, “When I first arrived at the shelter I was matted and pretty scared. I was having trouble breathing and walking, and I was bumping into things.”

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Image via realstumpycat Instagram

After vets shaved off her mats, a keen-eyed neurologist discovered that Giselle was stumbling into objects and furniture when she tried to get around because she was blind.

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Image via realstumpycat Instagram

An X-ray that was taken at the time also showed up the double whammy of an underdeveloped rib cage and a lung infection.

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Image via realstumpycat Instagram

At that point, an oxygen mask was pulled out to help Giselle get through her physical ailments.

Describing the diagnosis of her breathing problems, Giselle told her followers: “My lungs are being constricted by my tiny ribcage — which makes breathing difficult when I get stressed.

“I will also definitely need to be on pain medication for the rest of my life because my large head puts a lot of pressure on my spine, and my joints are not well-formed.”

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Image via realstumpycat Instagram

After being prescribed a plan of medication designed to alleviate her breathing difficulties, Giselle was deemed ready to go into a local foster home. There she discovered two things:

First, that she is a belly-rub enthusiast.

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Image via realstumpycat Instagram

Second, that she is not at all impressed with dogs — as the foster home’s resident Tuna discovered.

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Even though she is happy scarfing down bowls of wet food, Giselle’s growth has been slow. Weighing only two and a half pounds, below you can see her standing next to Butters, one of the in-house felines at her local vet. For the sake of scale, Butters is said to be an average size cat.

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Image via realstumpycat Instagram

Giselle’s diminutive stature presents a couple of day-to-day issues. When it comes to walking around, she literally moves like a munchkin. A video posted to Instagram shows her waddle-and-roll style in full flow.

Also, because Giselle’s front paws are so short, she cannot reach her face to clean it.

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Image via realstumpycat Instagram

After setting up her Instagram account — where she was endearingly introduced as Stumpy Cat — applications to adopt Giselle flooded in. Potential homes from 20 states offered themselves, but in the end she plumped for a residence barely 20 minutes drive away from the Boston MSPCA, where she’ll live with a human who has experience with special-needs cats and a couple of other kitties to keep her company.

While Giselle settles into her new abode, don’t forget to follow along with her giant steps via Instagram.

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