Not long ago, California residents picked up an abandoned kitten in a back alley. All the kittens had lost their mother and needed care. Among them was one of the weakest and most fragile kitten, who especially wanted love. The kittens were brought to the Wrenn Rescues Center where they were warmly welcomed. They immediately began to take care of the babies and restore the health of the weakest little one, who was given the nickname Matilda.
“Everyone else improved, but she only got sicker until it got to a really critical point. I have ICU equipment at my house, so it was decided that she should come to my house to get through her sickness,” Ashley Kelley, a fosterer who specializes in neonatal and special needs kittens, told Love Meow.
The babies went to the shelter of a volunteer, Ashley. By the time the other kittens had recovered and perked up, Matilda was still weak. As it turned out later, the kitty had pneumonia. The course went to IVs and antibiotics – all in order to save the little life.
Fortunately, the little one began to respond positively to treatment. She was very grateful to her caregiver, constantly purring and asking to stroke her tummy. Matilda wanted so sincerely to make it through, and she did!
“She was very strong-willed and wanted to live, so she did,” Ashley shared with Love Meow. “We were told she may not see, but her (corneal) ulcers cleared up completely and she sees just fine. She amazes me!”
“I gave her Lamby Beans (a snuggle lamb toy) to be her friend when she was about three weeks old, and she loved it immediately. She slept cuddled up to it, always,” Ashley told Love Meow.
While Matilda spent time in the special incubator, the caregiver noticed how lonely she was. She gave her a small teddy sheep, which the kitty hasn’t parted with since. Even after she recovered, the cat took the sheep with her everywhere she went.
Matilda grew up, played with congeners, and explored the house, but continued to pay attention to her teddy friend. She always slept with her in her arms and just lounged on the couch with her.
“She is very feisty and playful, but will pause her playtime to come cuddle up and lick my nose in an aggressively affectionate way. She is always moving, playing and wrestling her kitten friends. She went through an ankle-attacking phase — pure spice!”
In the meantime, they had already begun to look for permanent owners for Matilda, who had grown up. She had transformed from a tiny, weak kitty into a full-fledged beauty. Thank you to the kind people who rescued this tiny cat and her brothers!