A kitten abandoned with its siblings found a new life through the kindness of a family.
A litter of four kittens was found abandoned outside when they were only two weeks old. You were taken to Saving One Life and in dire need of care. Caroline Grace, a rescue volunteer, came forward to help.
Chester (ginger), the rest of the litter, needed extra attention and TLC. “He had an eye infection and one of his eyes was closed when he arrived,” Caroline told Love Meow.
After a few warm compresses in combination with eye ointment, Caroline was able to remove the mass so that the kitten could open its eye. “I had an instant connection with him and he was my instant favorite.”
While other kittens continued to progress, Chester suddenly got worse due to Fading Kitten Syndrome. He became so frail and sluggish that he couldn’t even hold his head up. They didn’t know if he would get through, but Caroline refused to give up.
With the help of Carrie, the director of Saving One Life, the kitten was brought back from the sidelines.
“She gave him subcutaneous fluids, B12 injections, glucose, and extra nutrition that made him awake enough to put a drop of formula on his tongue. I then gently stroked his neck to encourage him to swallow.”
For the next few days, Caroline followed a strict protocol and provided extra care around the clock. She fed the kitten every 1.5 hours, day and night, to make sure the little one stayed strong and warm.
“When he was sick, I held him to my heart and promised him that if he struggled and prevailed, he would stay here,” said Caroline.
“I promised to give him the best life and to love and care for him forever. I just needed him to fight, to get better.”
After a week of unwavering devotion to the kitten, Chester finally turned the corner and became stronger and healthier. His cute and quirky personality was starting to show.
While his siblings played and wrestled with each other, Chester preferred to be with his foster parents as the smallest boss.
Caroline’s husband Matt fell head over heels in love with the little guy and offered himself up whenever the kitten needed a cuddle.
“We called the kitten our ‘drunken sailor’ because Chester was quite clumsy and uncoordinated and kept making us laugh at his goofy and strange behavior.”
It wasn’t long before the couple realized that little Chester was already where he belongs. “He fitted so perfectly into our family and we knew he would never leave.”
At nine weeks Chester turned into a full-fledged mischief maker and a huge love bug. He enjoyed resting on top of his people and kissing them.
“He loves being held like a baby and having his super fluffy tummy scratched like a dog. He’s so quirky and special and we love him so much.”
The ginger boy has grown into a beautiful tabby cat. Some things never change.
“He’s nine months old now and he’s a huge, healthy, and beautiful boy. It’s hard to believe he was the sick little dwarf,” Caroline told Love Meow.
“He’s super loving and loving and wants to be around people all the time. He loves just cuddling and purring while being held like a baby.”
“Chester sleeps at the foot of our bed and every morning when he sees us wake up he comes over and strokes our faces and flips back and forth between Matt and me in various cuddly positions.”
Caroline had a special relationship with Chester from day one. After the fading incident, the tabby boy completely captured her heart.
“The Chester experience made me realize the importance of advanced skills in nurturing newborns,” Caroline told Love Meow.
“After that, I was trained and learned many skills that have saved me tiny lives. It’s my constant reminder to never give up a baby, no matter how bad it may be.”
“I love him so much and I am so grateful that he came into my life.”
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