Have you ever seen kittens after they are born? They look extremely cute. But the ones about whom I would be talking now were found in terrible state.
Their condition was so bad that even the hardest of hearts would melt! They were suffering, or I should rather say, nearly killed due to flea infestation.
Thanks to a Samaritan who brought all the kittens to Fabulous Felines NWA Cat Rescue , that their recovery process began. At the rescue center, all except one were in a better state. That one kitten was in the most disastrous condition. It was found beneath the pile of litter mates, and was not even moving.
All of the kittens were sick, but beneath the pile of litter mates was a still, unmoving form.
It was the runt. The rescuers thought he was dead.
He was alive, though. They named him Stuart Little. The kitten was terribly dehydrated, losing hair, and had badly infected eyes.
He weighed just under 3oz, while his litter mates were about 9oz. He was 2-3 weeks old and weighed less than a newborn.
They cleaned his eyes with warm saline and began to tube feed Stuart (Chapstick tube for size).
Within a week of his rescue, his weight doubled. Not only that, but he began looking like a cat… and not a tiny mouse.
Stuart next to one of his litter mates, who were massive in comparison.
Stuart’s feral mom was very stressed and wouldn’t feed the babies, so this surrogate mother named Bessie gladly stepped in.
Bessie made sure that Stuart was getting enough to eat.
Stuart had loving litter mates, but also some great foster brothers and sisters as well. (His brother is sitting directly behind him.)
At 6 weeks old, Stuart was getting more cat-like, but his body still needed to catch up with his head.
He began following Bessie’s lead and began eating solid food.
Another Chapstick picture to show his growth.
At 8 weeks, he was finally up to 1lb.
At 12 weeks-old and still a little shy of the 2lb milestone.
As it turns out, Stuart had beautiful flame point Siamese markings.
His brother Gravy was happy to still have him around.
And after a long and tiring journey, Stuart found a forever home.
Even animals have great fighting spirits. Stuart is a live example of it. It was the fighting spirit of the little kitten, that inspite of such a terrible condition, it made fabulous recovery.