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Christmas 2019, Special Tails
- Helpless Little Kitties
About Itty Bitty Bottle Babies
Every spring, Mother Nature reveals her incredible regenerative power in the form of millions (yes, millions) of newborn kittens. Normal baby kittens spend 90% of their time sleeping with their mothers and 10% of their time nursing. They are a picture of contentment.
Abandoned baby kittens present a very different picture. Cold, hungry, and alone, they will cry out for their mother, and if not rescued, 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 they 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 get them on the road to recovery. When we get the call, we are there in a flash to get them to a safe place and give them a fighting chance to survive.
The task, even to experienced bottle baby fosters, can sometimes be overwhelming. You are literally holding the life of this kitten in your hand. Fragile little babies that already have the cards stacked against them. Fosters who nurse these babies have all the tricks to get them to suckle so they can eat. Of course, they have to make them pee and poop as well! The fosters give up many hours of sleep since the feeding schedule is every 2-3 hours. They are of course “crated” typically with a pet heating pad…but when it’s time to eat it is time to eat! No rest for the weary when they start “yelling” to be fed! This goes on for about 4 weeks, depending on the age and health of the kitten.
These special fosters are truly Kitten Samurai. The true Samurai held loyalty, courage, compassion, respect of life, and honor, above all else. 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, the little ones provide the greatest of joys, while reminding you of how fragile life really is.
Cats and kittens find their way into our Purebreds Plus foster system in many different ways and from completely different circumstances. Our experienced fosters individually take in different breeds, ages and (dis)abilities, including all sorts of medical problems and behavior situations. But the fact remains that most of the cats and kittens we take in don’t have special problems, other than that they were unwanted. We feel blessed and grateful that we can be there for them because of your support. Thank you…from the bottom of our hearts.