At 3-weeks old: Baby Kitty is holding on
Baby Kitty is struggling to hang on. Rescued from the brush pile that was about to be burned, she was the only kitten alive. The other three had perished. Mom was no where in sight.
Mom was a pregnant cat that was on the Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) list for Friends of Feral Felines in Maine. But the cat had her litter of kitten before she could be trapped. Her rescuer, we’ll call her Kimberly, had been tracking mom’s movements. She knew the kittens were in the brush pile. She went to rescue them.
She took Baby Kitty to her house where she’d be warm. She started making formula for her, and bottle feeding her.
This week when Baby Kitty opened her eyes, only one opened. The other appeared infected. She took a tea bag and a lot of puss oozed from her eye. Her tummy was appearing a bit hard.
I was helping Kimberly trap the feral mom. TNR and feral cat programs weren’t the answer for Baby Kitty. What were we to do? Mom finally was trapped, but had no interest in Baby Kitty. The mother/kitten bond had been broken.
Now, we rescuers had developed the bond with Little Kitty.
Kimberly didn’t have the resources to put into Baby Kitty. So she reluctantly called the local animal shelter. Would they give her a lot of gruff? The shelter agreed to take the surrender, and Little Kitty will be getting the medical exam she so desperately needs. Hopefully that will happen today.
At three-weeks old, Baby Kitty has a bit of a battle in front of her. Paws for Reflection hopes to track of Baby Kitty’s progress and keep you posted.
Have you ever rescued a baby kitten or puppy? If so, please share your experiences.