Cloud is a kitty who truly deserves to be called a Monday Miracle. Her Facebook bio cuts right to the chase, describing her as “a little kitten with a blue eye, a green eye, and a big heart — which has a one in a million defect.”
That particular high-odds defect means that Cloud could literally find herself saying goodbye to her time on this Earth at any minute and without any notice — although in the meantime she’s living out her daily life with a joyful bounce in her strut.
Born in March of last year, Cloud was originally found along with her sister, Cotton, when they were around four weeks old; they wound up under the auspice of the San Diego animal services. That organization sent them over to the San Diego Humane Society, where initial tests began to detect Cloud’s condition.
After discovering a heart murmur, Cloud was sent for further tests, which led to her being diagnosed with what in medical terms is called Tetralogy of Fallot. (In humans this condition is colloquially known as “blue baby syndrome.”) This means that the little snow white bundle of kitten-ness has a congenital heart defect — and in her case the situation will, unfortunately, result in a fatal ending.
On a day-to-day basis, Cloud’s condition means that she needs a carefully controlled environment with a stable temperature that avoids hot and cold extremes. She also can’t be spayed or undergo any form of surgery that involves anesthesia due to her delicate disposition.
Nevertheless, despite her list of medical ailments, Cloud has etched out a snug existence as a “hospice adoption” at the San Diego Humane Society. To that end, she’s getting to enjoy her days in a safe and fun feline playground. It’s said that Cloud is “a furry purry love machine with a loud purr motor,” and that she’s a softie for kitty kisses.
An innate sense of playfulness also seems to emanate from Cloud — at least from a stream of Facebook pictures that regularly show her engaging with toys and practicing the sort of innocent-seeming look that makes you suspect she’s secretly plotting some type of grand feline shenanigan.
Writing on Cloud’s Facebook page, her hospice guardian vows that she is going to receive “a lifetime’s worth of love.” Now that’s a feline guarantee we can all agree on.
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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.
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My kitty was just diagnosed with this yesterday. He is 18 months old and asymptomatic according to the cardiologist. Hopefully Cloud gets as much love as Dakota is getting. <3