Cricket was only three months old and the tiniest of a litter of three who were surrendered to North Shore Animal League America. Alarmingly, he was half the size of his siblings.
Cricket’s bloodwork revealed a significantly depressed thyroid function, and he was diagnosed with congenital hypothyroidism, a condition rarely seen in cats. The thyroid hormone is important for the development of the nervous and skeletal systems; kittens lacking this hormone will have related symptoms, such as mental dullness and smaller than usual proportions. If left untreated, this condition could be fatal. “Hypothyroidism is very treatable,” said Dr. Mark Verdino, Animal League America Chief of Veterinary Staff, “especially when it is caught early. And with a daily dose of synthetic thyroid hormone, many of Cricket’s symptoms can be reversed.” Cricket will require this medication for the rest of his life. Thank you for sponsoring this little fellow!