Leo was born with an abnormal opening in his skull. Dr Roy “Boogie” Yates saw him when he was just a little kitten and at that time, part of Leo’s brain was essentially leaking out of the abnormal opening in his skull. Despite Leo’s brain being very vulnerable to trauma, he did well and continued to grow and do all the normal kitten things. As he developed, Dr Boogie would continue to recheck him and more recently Leo had a CT scan to better understand the details of his problem. The scan revealed that Leo’s brain had stopped growing through the abnormal opening, but Leo continued to have a large bulbous mass that is filled with fluid on the top of his head. This was good news, however, there is still concerns with Leo being more vulnerable to trauma. If Leo's head were to be accidentally punctured by a cat friend or sustained a blow to his head, it could have grave consequences. One of our Physical Rehabilitation Practitioners, Robert J Porter CCRP, was able to fit Leo with a custom helmet to better protect Leo as he continues to be a very playful kitten that lives life to its fullest. The biggest challenge in having a cat wear a helmet is having the cat wear a helmet. Most cats do not adapt well to wearing anything. If they do tolerate having something attached to their body it is generally short lived. Fortunately, Leo has been cared for by the Tomato Foster Club. His care givers were diligent in training him to wear the helmet and were very successful. Without the Tomato Foster Club’s help, Leo would not have gotten the care and training that made this endeavor successful. We will see Leo back periodically and make adjustments to his head gear as needed, but so far, Leo has learned to love his helmet and gets very excited about wearing it. Maybe it’s the food rewards, or maybe he just likes looking like a tomato. Leo is not up for adoption, but the Tomato Foster Club has plenty of other super awesome kitties that need homes. Please visit their website and/or follow them on social media. They have some especially funny merch and all proceeds go to helping their Clowder of Cats and Kindle of Kittens.
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