One cat rebounded on its paws and adopted two orphaned kittens raised next to its own.
A month ago, Tara, founder of The Mad Catters (an animal rescue service in Perth, Australia) was contacted about a tiny one-day kitten. She had trouble feeding on her mother who was not producing milk.
“After learning more about the cat and the kitten, I quickly discovered that the mother cat was suffering from dystocia (difficult childbirth) and needed veterinary attention,” Tara said.
As it turned out, the tabby cat had another kitten in its womb. After an emergency caesarean section, they were able to save the second kitten in time. Over the next few days, Tara worked tirelessly to provide the kittens with extra food around the clock.
After the ordeal, mother cat Tiffany was still very worried and under enormous stress. She was unable to feed or care for her kittens. Unfortunately, one of the babies, Pearl, didn’t make it, and the other, Diamond, stayed on with all her might.
Diamond was silent for a few days, but when she got over the hump she moved around, exploring every inch of her nest, though her eyes hadn’t opened yet.
As Tiffany healed and relaxed, her attitude toward her baby also changed. One day she heard Diamond’s screams, her ears were up, and her motherly instinct kicked in.
She came running to her baby, picked her up and began mothering her so carefully.
From that day on, Tiffany insisted on being her kitten’s sole carer, showering the little diamond with unconditional love and all the cuddles she could deliver.
To make sure the kitten had constant weight gain, Tara snuck in complementary feeds throughout the day and kept Mama Tiffany happy.
“She is protective, attentive and loves her only baby. I hope I can win Tiffany’s trust and we can do this together,” added Tara.
About this time, two premature kittens, Bolt and Dotti, came to the rescue and were in dire need of critical care. “They were found in a garden bed and came in very light.”
Tara immediately started them on a special kitten formula, keeping them hydrated with fluids, and helping them breathe with oxygen therapy. With careful care, the kittens were brought back from the sidelines.
Momma Tiffany quickly noticed that there were other babies in the house and tried to find them. Whenever Tara fed the premature babies and they cried, the mother cat let out a growl out of maternal instinct and watched Tara closely.
“(One day) I decided to just give her the chance to take care of these kittens. I’m so happy to say she accepted them as if they were hers. She allows me, Bolt, Dotti and Diamond (with) some growls and hissing), but I can stroke them too, “Tara shared.
Tiffany walks by slowly and begins to trust, knowing that her foster mother is there to help. She keeps babies spotless from head to toe and makes sure that they are loved.
Dotti, the smaller of the two premature babies, had a much more bumpy road to recovery. There were days when Tara didn’t know if the kitten would make it, but she kept fighting to save her. Mama Tiffany was always ready to help. She cared for the kitten between feedings and provided much-needed comfort.
The smallest female warrior bounced back on her paws and even discovered her inner ass.
Tiffany was so sweet and loving to her three precious babies. Bolt and Dotti love their big sister Diamond. They like to roll around with her in the nest and even use her as a pillow.
“Tiffany is now Diamond’s most wonderful mother, and a loving and proud surrogate mother to Dotti and Bolt.”
The mother cat may not have enough milk for all three babies, but she is never short of love and TLC. When the kittens are big enough, Tiffany will withdraw from motherhood for good and never have to get pregnant again.
“Dotti is half the size of her brother and has struggled with the struggles of premature birth. But she now has a massive appetite and is actually pretty naughty.”
With the help of rescuers and volunteers, these kittens can enjoy life as domestic cats and never have to worry about food and shelter.
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