Princess Bubblegum

Special Need: exocrine pancreatic insufficiency

Princess Bubblegum Princess Bubblegum came to Tabby's Place with a plea: Save me. Find out what's wrong with me and save me. I will love you forever.

Princess Bubblegum, or PBG for short, came to Tabby's Place emaciated, weighing only a pound. She could barely walk. Her back legs kept sliding out from behind her.

She had come from a shelter, where the staff tried so hard to get her to thrive. PBG ate, but didn't gain weight and kept having diarrhea. The staff at this shelter brought her to Tabby's Place.

Kittens like this always go to a foster home with Tabby's Place staff member so they can receive 'round-the-clock care. PBG's foster mom brought her to Tabby's Place during the day to see the vet staff, then brought her home at night to keep giving her lots of love and attention.

Diagnosing PBG was a challenge. Our wonderful vet team tested PBG for many things, but all the results came back negative. We tried different medications and physical therapy. It seemed to work a tiny bit, but she was still scarcely a pound. She still had diarrhea. She ate with a ferocious appetite, but did not gain any weight. It was heartbreaking that we couldn't figure out what was wrong. Would Princess Bubblegum be one we couldn't save?

Princess Bubblegum

The vet team decided to test for a rare disease in cats. Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) is the inability of the pancreas to manufacture and secrete the necessary enzymes required by the body to digest food and absorb nutrients. Left untreated, EPI causes the body to starve, no matter how much food the cat eats.

EPI is typically seen in dogs. When it does appear in felines, it is usually older cats who have had pancreatitis. There has only been one other known kitten with congenital EPI, so this was a long shot, but we had to save PBG.

Our brave kitten's bloodwork showed that she did, indeed, have EPI. Finally, an answer. There was something we could do to make her thrive! We could save her.

The only problem was that the treatment for EPI is not just a pill. To live with EPI, an animal must have a food supplement made from pork pancreas. This contains the enzymes needed to digest food and absorb nutrients. PBG needs these enzymes mixed in with every meal. She cannot have treats or any other food unless the enzymes are in it. The enzymes themselves are tricky, too; they cannot be cold or heated, just room temperature. Most cats will not eat them at all.

Thankfully, Princess Bubblegum ate her food, enzymes and all. Within 24 hours, her diarrhea cleared up. Within a week, she started putting on weight. She began playing, running, and being the happy-go-lucky kitten she always wanted to be. She has no trouble walking anymore, because her body is getting the nutrients she needs.

Because of PBG's dietary restrictions, she can't live in a typical Tabby's Place suite, where she might get access to non-supplemented food. She will mostly stay at her foster mom's house, with regular visits to Tabby's Place. In addition, Tabby's Place will continue to provide and pay for all of PBG's medical care and dietary supplements.

We know little PBG's chances are less than optimum for adoption, as the life-saving enzymes are quite expensive. Please help us care for her until this sweet, beautiful calico girl gets her adoption day.

Sponsor Princess Bubblegum(or, see all of our Special Needs Cats)
$20/month
$63/month
other monthly amount (minimum $14)

$20/month provides Princess Bubblegum's life-saving dietary supplement

$63/month provides 1 hour of veterinary care for Princess Bubblegum

Any amount will help our Special Needs cats