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Cat dumped for cloudy eyes will look like a kitten forever due to rare disease

An adorable seven-month-old cat will stay looking like a kitten for its entire life due to its extremely rare dwarfism condition.

Munchie was taken into a veterinary practice in Wolverhampton back in September 2019 after being dumped on the streets when he was around four weeks old.

The vet’s owner Emily Tomlinson believes the cute feline was abandoned due to having cloudy eyes – which doesn’t actually alter his sight at all.

Videos and pictures of Munchie are regularly posted to his devoted Instagram account @minature_munchie.

In one clip, he is seen being asked “who wants some attention” before appearing to reply “me”.

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Another cute snap shows the cat playing with a ball on a foosball table. His tiny size is underlined by the fact he seems only half the width of the table.

Emily told LADbible she only found out Munchie had dwarfism – known more specifically as hypoparathyroidism – two weeks ago after collapsing on Boxing Day.

She said there is only one other cat diagnosed with the same condition in the world.

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“We believe he will have a normal life span but due to there being so little information available, due to it being so rare, we don't know for sure,” she added.

“He's just like a normal kitten, he can climb but he can't jump because he has to have calcium and Vitamin D supplemented to keep him stable. He weighs a tiny 1.7kg.”

Emily took on the task of looking after Munchie herself, but it hasn’t been easy.

He needs to be fed four times a day but can only have a maximum of 15 grams per feed.

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“When he was really poorly I would feed him 6-8 times per day – including getting up several times through the night for weeks on end,” she added.

Munchie will be on medication for the rest of his life and needs regular blood tests to check his calcium levels.

The ginger isn't the only cat to have become an internet star recently.

A stray kitten with a marking of a tiny cat on its face went viral last week.

After seeing the picture, one viewer wrote: "The greatest thing I've ever seen."

Another commented: "So cute, they look like strays. I hope they are taken care of and get spayed/neutured.

"It would be great if they could find homes."

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