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2020 Holiday Rescues, Special Tails
- Bottle Baby Success!
About Bottle Baby Marlin Revisted…
Baby kittens that are abandoned present a very stark picture of rescue. Cold, hungry, and alone, they will cry out for their mother, and if not rescued, most will die quickly from the cold and lack of food. Fortunately, many of these kittens end up in the care of kindhearted people who become foster parents after these kittens are orphaned or abandoned.
These bottle babies, as we call them, are helpless little souls in desperate need of care. We will never know how they ended up without a mom and in reality, it really doesn’t matter. Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue has special foster parents that take on bottle babies and quickly get them on the road to recovery. When we get the call, we are there as quickly as possible to get them to a safe place and give them a fighting chance to survive.
These special kitten fosters are truly Kitten Samurai. The true Samurai held loyalty, courage, compassion, respect of life, and above all else, honor as lifelong traits. To take on these bottle baby kittens all that is needed, and so much more, to be successful. For them it is a labor of love, and despite the difficulties, these little ones provide the greatest of joys, while reminding us of how fragile life really is.
Marlin was one of these babies and we wanted to take a minute to revisit this special little boy! We found four kittens in a bucket that were dumped. They were no more than two days old! We took action as quickly as possible to save them. They weighed less than 40 grams each with their umbilical cords still attached. They had been in the bucket outside for several hours and the kittens were very cold and not sucking. This effort was bittersweet for the foster, despite all her efforts, little Marlin was the lone survivor.
We were very worried about Marlin as he was still not thriving. He was the smallest of the four but he was and is a fighter and a lover. He started thriving beyond our wildest dreams! In fact, he was recently adopted with his best buddy Dora! So, we think Marlin is a poster boy for the perfect outcome for a bottle baby.
Sometimes our best efforts can be in vain, yet we do not give up. They provide a daily reminder of what the important things in life really are: Love, kindness, and family. In a life full of distractions, once in a while it helps to be reminded of what is really important, so we can rejuvenate our soul. In retrospect, a person’s most useful asset is not a head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen, and hands willing to help. The fact remains that most of the cats and kittens we take in don’t have special problems, other than the fact they were unwanted or the owner had fallen on hard times. We feel blessed and forever grateful that we can be there for them because of your support. Thank you…from the bottom of our hearts.