A woman went viral on Facebook after she was so concerned that her foster kitten might have a serious health issue, only to be told that the kitten was “just fat.”
Hailey Andrews is no stranger to fostering kittens. She has fostered hundreds over the years and runs a popular Facebook page called “Tiny Tim’s Tiny Foster Family.”
Recently, she went viral after posting about her recent visit to the vet. In a post that now has nearly 60,000 shares, she said that she was worried about one of her foster kittens because she is “so bulbous.” She was worried that the kitten, Cheesecake, might have worms or even a fluid build-up.
When she took her to the vet, they ran some tests and looked for fluid but could not find anything. Andrews was worried the whole time and said her heart was racing. FIP, she said is usually fatal to kittens, and “losing Cheesecake would be too much.”
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a viral disease in cats that is caused by certain strains of a virus called the feline coronavirus.
However, when the vet came back into my room and handed her back the carrier with cheesecake in it she said that the vet’s face didn’t indicate much. The vet looked at her and made her wait in suspense. Finally, she said, “Just fat.”
“Cheesecake is just fat,” Andrews wrote in the post.
The internet fell in love with chubby Cheesecake.
In an update, Andrews says that she switched to a digestion-friendly food, and Cheese cake’s stomach has been much happier since.
With an estimated 7.6 million animals entering America’s shelters every year, fostering is important because it helps reduce overcrowding in shelters and opens up space for other animals to be saved. It also helps prepare animals for adoption by giving them a chance to live in a home where they can fully express their personality, work to overcome fears, or recover from trauma.
Having foster kittens around is hard work, but it is so rewarding and very fun! It is something that will keep you up at night and steal time out of your day. But, you won’t regret a second of it! As a foster parent, you will be loving, raising, and caring for the kittens so that they can grow up and find their forever homes.
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