A tiny kitten was left behind as a newborn and brought back from the sidelines in time.
Last month, Caroline Grace, a Saving One Life volunteer caregiver, was contacted about a newborn kitten in dire need of bottle feeding. The little newborn was less than 24 hours old and was brought in by a kind man named Brent.
Brent regularly takes care of feral cats in his neighborhood. When he discovered that a cat had given birth, he immediately built an animal shelter so that the wild mother and her babies could have a safe and warm place to stay.
“When mom brought the babies to the shelter, she left one thing. Brent waited to see if she would come back for her crying baby, but she didn’t,” Caroline told Love Meow.
He tried to put the lone kitten in the nest to be with the mother and the rest of the litter, but was surprised that it was removed from the mother. “She refused the baby one more time and put it back in the cold, screaming.”
At this point, Brent knew he needed to intervene and brought the kitten inside to warm it up. Then he called emergency services for help. “Newborns are just so fragile that when the kitten came to me, they were hypothermic and unresponsive,” said Caroline Love Meow.
“I spent the entire first day warming the kitten (Toby) warm enough to feed it and helping him to keep it going.”
Even when his body temperature was back to a safe point, Toby was still too frail to hold on to eat. Caroline started a strict intensive care protocol and tube fed the kitten around the clock for the next three days. On the fourth day the little one finally turned a corner when he gained enough strength to suckle.
“He was getting stronger and healthier by the day and his personality was starting to bloom,” Caroline told Love Meow. “He started purring when he was only five days old. He purred after each feed while I held him.”
Even though Toby was small, he had a fairly powerful purr motor that kicked in every time he was touched. He devoured the food like a champion and rolled over on his back to rub his stomach after each meal. The happy boy just couldn’t get enough of his foster mother’s affection.
Toby had an insatiable appetite and quickly got an adorable, chonky belly. At 11 days his eyes opened and he cast his first look into the world.
“He crawled around and even lifted his head to examine what was going on around him,” shared Caroline.
The cute kitten has been purring continuously since he discovered its mighty little engine. He insists on being held and carried around the house when he is with his foster mother.
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He has become so adventurous and curious that his inner calamity is bursting at the seams.
Now that he has the strength to run around, he’s already honing his feline skills and exploring every nook and cranny he can find.
Little Toby waddled as he tried to find his stance and perfect his balance.
The cute kitten has a very convincing look that makes him do what he wants. All he has to do is stare at his people and they happily commit.
He instinctively knows that laps are for cuddling and napping.
“At 3.5 weeks he is still purring. He loves to be held and to give face kisses. He becomes more and more playful as he discovers toys and his surroundings,” shared Caroline Love Meow.
“He loves to climb up and down on my legs and explore the whole room. He lets me know if he needs anything by looking me straight in the eyes and screaming.”
Toby has made incredible strides and grown into a healthy, chunky kitten. He likes to crawl on Caroline’s lap and snuggle into her arms before purring himself to sleep.
“He loves to look at my face. He rolls over on his back after feeding and just wants to stare at my face. I rub his stomach too, which leads to endless purring,” added Caroline.
“It’s so cute to see him first discover things like toys, the litter box, and climbing,” said Caroline. “He’s the cutest, most loving boy and whoever adopts him will be so lucky.”
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