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Kitten honoured with bravery award after surviving ordeal

Little AJ fed through stomach tubes over a week because he had not been vaccinated

09 March, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Diseased AJ

A KITTEN has won an award for bravery after surviving a deadly infectious disease.

AJ has received the Royal Veterinary College’s Brave Heart Award after he survived feline panleukopenia – a virus that routinely kills unvaccinated cats.

The award is given to patients that have “beaten the odds to survive or endured a long-term illness” while “winning the hearts of the hospital team in the process”.

AJ with three of the 20 RVC staff who saved him

Veterinary surgeon Dr Anita Guo said: “He was running a fever and not eating, weighing only 800 grams. AJ was so poorly that he needed to be fed via a stomach tube and our dedicated nurses initially fed him every hour throughout the day.” He added: “The amazing nursing team that I work with has been instrumental to his battle as they worked 24/7 to treat him.”

Twenty staff cared for the little cat during a week in isolation at the RVC in Royal College Street, Camden Town.

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