Sweet William’s foster mom, Aileen, was smitten with him and his entire family before she’d even met them. She happened to see a video of him being born at Devore Shelter in May of 2019. He’d been born breech. She held her breath in anticipation of his first breath and when he finally inhaled and let out a cry, she cried in relief. His momma, Sascha, was so brave. No one at the shelter had realized she was so close to giving birth so there were no blankets or towels for comfort and warmth in her kennel that day. Aileen felt strongly that she needed to help this little family. By the end of the following day, all four members of this little family were nestled snugly in the warmth and safety of her home.
While she adored each member of the family, Sweet William was her favorite. He was special … and, as it turned out, special needs. It was discovered this little guy with the large, soulful eyes had a grade 3/4 heart murmur. This is a whooshing and swishing sound made by turbulent blood in or near the heart. It’s not a disease but often indicates an underlying heart problem. Sometimes kittens under 6 months old have weak hearts that strengthen as they age. We waited until Willie was over 6 months old to see if this was the case. Sadly, it wasn’t. Sweet William’s heart murmur was caused by a small congenital defect in his ventricular septum – the wall that separates the lower chambers of the heart from one another. It’s not something that can be corrected – but it’s also not something that compromises his health or well-being.
Sweet William is a purring, darling boy. He loves fetching toys, chasing strings, and playing with other kitties. Lap time, cuddly bedtime, and petting time are his favorite times of day. His big soulful eyes draw you in and never let go. His little heart may not be perfect but he will give all to you. If this little guy has captured your heart, apply to adopt him today!