Two kittens were rescued from a window well on a freezing day. They recovered with the help of kind people.
An Indiana family heard what sounded like a cat’s meow on a Saturday and it continued well into the afternoon. During investigations, they followed the screams into their basement and discovered a wild cat mother and her kittens in her window well. The family immediately turned to Catsnip Etc, their local cat rescue service, for help.
They noticed that some of the kittens were immobile or breastfeeding, and found that four of them had died. As soon as help arrived, the mother cat ran away, leaving her kittens there.
“We reached into the window to examine the babies without knowing what to expect. We found two who are still alive, but hardly,” said Missy McNeal of Catsnip Etc to Love Meow.
The kittens were dehydrated, very cold to the touch, and hadn’t eaten in a while. “They barely moved, too weak to meow, and their mouths were full of filth from being hungry and sucking on the floor. We immediately cleaned their mouths as best we could and put them on a heating pad to warm them up.”
The tabbies immediately curled up and comforted each other with their own heartbeat.
While waiting for the kittens to warm to a safe body temperature for feeding, they set a humane trap in the area, hoping the mother cat would return.
“She didn’t come back. I think she knew she couldn’t take care of the kittens and they needed help,” shared Missy Love Meow.
The kittens Wednesday and Pugsley were taken to the intensive care unit. They were given a tiny amount of diamond syrup to lower their blood sugar. Even though they were so frail, they tried with all their might to swallow kitten formula drop by drop. “We told them that as long as they wanted to fight, we would fight with them.”
For the next 24 hours, volunteers fed them around the clock every hour. The little fighters were able to increase their food intake a little more each time.
“I was so scared to check on them every time I was fed and pray that they were still alive,” Missy told Love Meow.
After a long day of careful grooming, Pugsley perked up and made his first cry for food, a sign of life everyone had been waiting for. “That was the first sound they had enough energy to make. At that point, we were really optimistic that they would pull it off.”
The two were huddled together when they were first found and continued to be each other’s biggest cheerleader while they recovered.
Over the next few days in the foster home, the brother and sister made great strides and began to thrive. They took their bottles like champs and started growing their healthy, chonky bellies.
“Wednesday and Pugsley really wanted to survive. They seem to bond and always cuddle and touch,” shared Missy Love Meow.
“If it hadn’t been for their will and their will to fight, they wouldn’t have made it. They helped each other survive until help came to them.”
The feline siblings recently turned two weeks old. They become incredibly active and very curious about everything around them. With their eyes open, they are dying to use their little legs and try to explore the nest.
They are still very small for their age, but they are steadily gaining weight and strength.
“We look at them every day and feel so blessed that they found their way to us,” Missy told Love Meow.
“I’m not sure if they could have survived another hour without intervention, but now they are healthy, happy, and love to eat and purr.”
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