Special Kitten Gets a 3D Print for Megaesophagus

Special Kitten Gets a 3D Print for Megaesophagus

Hey guys! So, Badger has a condition called megaesophagus. Megaesophagus is a congenital defect of the esophagus that makes it very large and misshapen. So, he has a challenging time getting his food down into his stomach. For that reason, he has to be fed his meats on an angle. I put him up on my leg at a 45 degree angle and then i tilt the bowl. This is how he eats. At this angle, the food can more easily glide down his esophagus and into his stomach. This allows gravity to do some of the work, that his esophagus can’t do on its own. Look at his face! Badger. What is this look? What is this look?! So then I got to thinking, what if there was a device that was designed just for cats? So if you look it up, you’re likely to find lots of different devices that have been designed specifically for dogs with megaesophagus. A dog is willing to sit in a high chair or in something called a Bailey box, which are basically these boxes that keep the dog upright. But I couldn’t find anything like that for Badger. So I got out of pencil and paper and just started drawing, what could this possibly look like? Ultimately I needed help from an engineer to make this thing a reality. So as soon as this idea popped in my mind, I thought, “I have to call Preston.” If you remember last year i had a paralyzed kitten named Chloe. And Chloe had an assisted walking device that Preston helped design. HANNAH: What’re you doing, Badge? Come out! Say hi! Your friend’s here! PRESTON: Hey, Badger! HANNAH: Preston came over immediately. He took all of Badger’s measurements, and we brainstormed together to think how this thing could go from a sketch on paper into an actual device. My name is Preston Tobery. I am the coordinator of maker technologies for the University of Maryland libraries. So the really awesome thing about 3D printing is rapid prototyping. To have an idea that you can get in your hand very quickly. Typically an idea, you would send it out to a company, and months and months later you get that idea in your hand. With 3D printing it’s very rapid. Within a couple of hours a couple of days, you have something in your hand that you can look at, feel, measure, make sure it’s working right. HANNAH: Look at the brain! Oh my God! PRESTON: That’s an actual child’s brain. We print out kids brains every month. HANNAH: Wow. PRESTON: They come here and go home and throw in a brain. HANNAH: Wow, that’s really neat. I love seeing all of the weird stuff they have in the 3D printing studio. Preston basically comes up with all these ideas of things he wants to make and then he creates them. So I love what he has come up with. Oh, coooool! This is awesome. PRESTON: I thought you would like that. HANNAH: The first version that Preston made was a fixed feeding station with a step so that Badger can put his paws up and take a bite. Do you understand? Look! Look at this! This is perfect! This is… I have goosebumps. That’s so cool! I wanna cry! That’s so cool! Seeing him use this thing for the first time was really amazing. It meant that it was going to work. PRESTON: When I met Badger with that belly I was like, oh. This needs to be a little bit more comfortable than just a straight-up step. HANNAH: Yeah, it needs to accommodate his little dadbod. The 3D printing lab is amazing. It has more than just 3D printers. They have all sorts of cool technology like augmented reality. So while we were there, I was able to put on a weird helmet, and of course all I did was just put cats and dinosaurs all over the room. But the point is technology is amazing. A lot of the time, we have to make do with what we have. We have to go to a thrift store and look at doll furniture or a tiny little table. Why should it be that way? Why can’t we create things that are specifically designed to be able to save these little guys? I think this is especially important when you’re working with special needs cats and kittens because there are not a lot of devices for these guys. Badger’s almost eight weeks old. I don’t want him to have to be dependent person forever. I want him to feel empowered that he can eat a meal on his own, but do it in a way that’s safe for his, body! So that’s exactly what we did. PRESTON: Like our first piece, it proved that the idea that you had was working for Badger, and… from that idea, then we can just trim down the edges and make a really beautiful piece. HANNAH: Today, Badger is getting his final 3D print. This thing looks amazing! It’s got an adjustable arm so it can grow as he grows. It’s got an extra step you can put into it. And of course I love that it says “tiny but mighty” on the side. Let’s try this gravy. Oops! Look at you, all posted up for your meal! Good job, Badgie! Badger’s a big fan of 3D printing. Because pretty much anything you can think up, you can make come to life. Preston even designed some little cat toys for him. The point is, don’t be afraid to get creative for these little guys. If you have an idea, try it out. It just might work! Many thanks to Preston and the University of Maryland for sharing their skills and their technology with us. Bye bye!

100 thoughts on “Special Kitten Gets a 3D Print for Megaesophagus

  1. Hey I found a kitten and I’m not sure what to do. He looks very sick and very hungry so if you could help me that would be great

  2. When I was in 6th grade my class were doing article to make magazines and so my was based on 3D model and printing and the person who invent the printer is Chuck Hall and he is still alive. (My dad also haves a 3D printer and I can make my own 3D models from the instruments he makes)

  3. This is incredibly brilliant, especially the final design with the adjustable arm. And what’s great is that you can then make the design available for other people to print their own using spaces that let people use 3D printers or with websites where you can upload designs and order 3D prints so other kittens can benefit from this design.

  4. I know it's a couple months old but I'm curious is he going to have to eat like that his whole life? And you are pretty awesome what you do for these kitties.

  5. This is so inspiring. As an artist I want to make the world a better place. And sometimes that means thinking things through differently. I'm going to make a piece inspired by adoption. It's something I've been thinking about doing for a while now. Thanks for sharing!

  6. This is just awesome! Many people feel really estranged from science due to how vast the knowledge is you have to acquire to be actually involved or have an understanding of how most technology actually works. But this shows that you don't have to be a scientist to participate in the evolution of technology. I just love it. And badger looks so good! I'm glad this little boy is doing so well!

  7. I'm going to need something like this made with my 'dad bod' in mind! πŸ™‚ j/k Great idea! Hopefully this will help many others with kitties suffering from the same condition, as well as any puppers that are needing help as well.

  8. Awwh Badger is so freaking adorable, glad he got his special kitty dining table c: also 3D printing is awesome, props to you and Preston, you for coming up with a way for Badger and many more kitties with megaesophagus to eat better and Preston for putting your idea in motion πŸ˜€

  9. I only just saw this video, but I bet you could market these "Badger Banquets" and use the funds to support your rescues!

  10. What a creative couple you are. Ideas turn into THINGS. How wonderful you make something especially for Badger. What to go β€πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

  11. Hope he gets better. I had a cat my self and she had this problem to but it got so bad that I and my mom thought that there's no idea to let her have this pain so we had to put her down.😒😒😒

  12. That's awesome I'm obsessed with your channel and what you do for our feline world and I can't wait to see what the future holds for you and more purr babies.

  13. 1:15 finally a non-artist draws something that doesn't make me feel bad about my art afters years of practice lol. It still pretty cute and gets the job done though πŸ˜€ Also adorable pictures of him!! I hovered over this video to see the preview and I thought the meat on his face was the 3d print. xD Made me cringe a bit but now that I know what it is its cute!

  14. When I watched this my cat just had new born and she had a calico my favorite ca and two are still pregnet πŸ˜„

  15. Badger looks like Socks, a rescue kitty my parents initially found, 3 weeks old, abandoned by the mother, and his brother/sister was killed by a fox right next to him in my parents' pop-up garage where they keep their grill and golf carts when they are camping. My step dad chased the fox off, and found a 3 week old Socks. They brought him to me while they were packing up from camping, so I could bottle him, begin taming him, and take care of him. After they finally came back home, he was 6 weeks old, and that was when they adopted him. He's a lazy boy now, and he grew into his ears, but he is a rock solid 18 lb. cat that has not a hint of fat on him.

  16. I love 3D printing. Our local church group/kids program has their very own printer, one of the best donations/gifts, and my son made a skull with a green brain inside which was amazing!πŸ’€πŸ§ 
    I love what Preston has done for you and your kittens. Good for you Preston!
    I of course love you Hannah because you are amazing too! I found a kitten, cleaned her up, fed her and adopted her. She was literally abandoned on our 3rd floor and the owners acted like they had no idea…assholes! I did it because my son wasn't going to let her out of his sight and because we watch your show and believed that we could do it. Thank you for showing us the ropes (Bastet was around 10-12 weeks and was definitely not a neonate) because we were unsure but your words and actions gave us that extra push. Bastet and her new family thank you!

  17. This was so cool !!
    You are a Amazing Dude !! "" Preston "" ❀❀❀❀❀❀

  18. That's brilliant! So thankful for those who are able to think outside of the box. Badger already looks like a pro! πŸ™‚

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  20. I never heard or see anything like this; but a good idea and way to help cats with special needs. Interesting to see all the ways 3D printing can help people and animals.

  21. John F. Kennedy once said

    β€œWe choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.”

    This help spur on the electronic revolution and that encourage inventor to build new and daring things and that why you have c-phone and a 3-d printer.

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