A stray cat found covered in snow got help just in time to allow its kittens to thrive.
The weather in Indiana was freezing last Thursday night. Some Good Samaritans were driving down the road when they saw what they thought was a large piece of snow and ice along the way.
When they saw a pair of eyes glow in the reflection of their headlights, they immediately turned to investigate. It turned out to be a tortoiseshell cat covered in a layer of snow and ice. She was skinny, cold, and curled up in a ball that was desperate to stay warm. Even though she was skin and bones, her stomach was round and she appeared to be pregnant.
The kind people picked her up and took her to her car to warm her up. The friendly stray began to rumble with its delightful purr and continued on its way. Catsnip Etc, a volunteer cat rescue in Goshen, Indiana, was contacted and asked for help.
“She was so cute and kind, never stopped purring. I think she knew she was safe,” said Missy McNeal of Catsnip Etc to Love Meow. “She had some abrasions and bloody toenails when we got her. We’re not sure what happened to her before she was found.”
The tortoiseshell they called Camilla was thrilled to be in a house. Nobody knows how long she’d borne the brunt of the cold weather outside to keep her kittens alive, but she was so happy to finally be safe.
She peeled off any food she could fit in her tiny belly before snuggling into her cozy, warm nest.
She went into labor two days later and gave birth to four beautiful, healthy babies on Valentine’s Day morning. These lucky kittens would never have to live on the streets for a day to brave the bitter cold.
“The kittens are all girls except the orange and white one. We are very grateful for the wonderful people who stopped to pick them up. Momma Camilla is lucky enough to be safe and warm with her little loved ones.”
From the beginning, Camilla devoted herself entirely to her kittens and did not want to leave her side.
“The first day she had the babies, she didn’t really know us. When we went to her room, she would sit up and cover her up to protect her,” said Missy Love Meow. “Now that she knows that we want to help her and only bring good things, she is more than happy to see us and let us look after the little ones.”
She was so thin and malnourished when she arrived that her milk supply never came in completely. It soon became clear that Camilla would need help feeding her four hungry little mouths.
“We were hoping we would have them longer and have more time to heal them before the babies were born, but that didn’t happen. Now we’re on bottle duty every two hours.”
The kittens are additionally fed around the clock and Momma Camilla is very satisfied. “She doesn’t mind at all if we come to help feed them. We think she knows they need extra help and she seems grateful,” Missy told Love Meow.
“We are still hoping for continued good nutrition. Camilla will eat more milk if the babies keep trying to breastfeed.”
The sweet tortoiseshell loves her all-you-can-eat buffet and is starting to fill up a bit. She watches over her babies every step of the way, making sure they stay spotlessly clean at all times.
As soon as the kittens have finished their bottles, Momma Camilla takes over and washes their little faces with unconditional love.
Thanks to the timely rescue, the infatuated mother and her four precious babies thrive and have a bright future ahead of them.
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