The first of these cat rescues is a genuine example of love and hope transcending the hopeless situation in which this ginger kitten found herself. The person with the warm and tender heart is Megan in Illinois. While she was at college she worked at an animal hospital. She dropped by the hospital one day and was told of a ginger tabby kitten who was on the euthanasia list (at the request of the owner) because she couldn’t move. She lay in her cage lifelessly. Apparently a dog had hit the kitten in what I presume was a multi-companion animal home.
Megan wanted to give this desperately unfortunate kitten a couple of days love under her foster care before she was put to sleep. Megan was granted permission to do it and found that her foster cat would eat if food was presented to her mouth and she would go to the toilet if carried there and held.
But she was lifeless; unable to walk and move normally. Megan decided, with the greatest of regret, that euthanasia was the best course of action…until Monday arrived when Megan’s family said goodbye to this cute, vulnerable kitten. As Megan’s father held the kitten, Megan shed a tear and then suddenly the kitten jumped down from his chest and, yes, she walked. Initially in a rather peculiar way – sideways but she started to walk nonetheless. The rest is history.
Megan had to adopt her and named her Beepers and she says she is the best cat she has ever cared for. You wonder what had happened. It would seem that Beepers was in shock or emotionally traumatized by her experience. To me it supports what we know: cats experience emotion and we should be careful with these emotions. We know how important they are to us. The same applies to cats.
Moral? Always have love and hope. Without hope this is no life and love is the greatest gift we can give a cat.
The second cat rescue story is equally tender and loving but it does not concern a human but a dog. Dogs can be as loving and as selfless as humans. And dogs can also be foster carers. It comes naturally sometimes under the right circumstances and they were spot on correct, on this occasion.
The video says it all – almost. Three newborn kittens were abandoned at Pickens County Animal Shelter, Jasper, Georgia, USA. Mary, a beagle-mix with puppies she was nursing took on the three kittens as her own and raised them.
You can see that she carries her kittens “incorrectly” when compared to a mother cat carrying her kittens. The scuff of the neck was not used. Who cares? It is looks completely charming.