An urgent appeal has been launched in a bid to raise £4,000 for an emergency operation to save a kitten with a rare heart condition.

Wood Green hopes to raise £4,000 for an emergency operation to save Popcorn, a kitten with a rare heart condition.

The kitten, called Popcorn, is being cared for at Wood Green, The Animals Charity’s Godmanchester branch in Cambridgeshire.

She was one of a litter of six kittens born in a foster home, as her mum was heavily pregnant when she arrived at the charity.

Only three of the kittens managed to survive and Popcorn’s two sisters were rehomed as a pair, but Popcorn had to wait for her forever home when the vet discovered she had a heart murmur.

Rare condition

It was only following a cardiac ultrasound scan that the severity of Popcorn’s condition was revealed. She has patent ductus arteriosus, a congenital heart condition more commonly seen in dogs.

Wood Green’s director of veterinary services Vanessa Cunningham said: “It is vital surgery is carried out before any symptoms are evident, as the condition puts a huge strain on the heart.

“This type of surgery is only possible at a specialist hospital. While we have funding for major operations, it is very limited, so to ensure the future of Popcorn and others like her, we are calling on the public to help us raise money.”

Normal life

After the operation, Popcorn will need weeks of rest, care and attention, but she should be able to live a normal life, ready to find her forever family.

If the target is reached, any extra money raised will go straight to the charity’s Christmas Hungry Mouths Appeal, which will enable the charity to continue its vital work and provide food and care for the animals in its shelters this Christmas.

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