A kitten found in a back yard has made unique markings on its coat. He was so small but determined to prosper.
Four newborn kittens were found in a resident’s back yard with no mother in sight. They were extremely small and their mother never came back for them.
The resident turned to the Orphan Kitten Club, a kitten rescue in San Diego County, California. “When I heard that the kittens were only a few hours old and had no mothers, I immediately went there to pick them up,” Yige, satellite nursery coordinator of the Orphan Kitten Club, told Love Meow. “They were found outside as premature babies and their mother started as soon as she was born.”
One of the kittens was exceptionally small compared to the rest of the litter. It was so thin, fragile, and cold to the touch. Yige immediately placed him on a heating plate and put her hands over his body to warm him up.
“I spent about 20 minutes in my car warming him up before I felt safe enough to drive home. Warmth is the most important thing for a newborn kitten.”
Denim, the little kitten, was a warrior from the start. After denim wiped all the mass off his body and slowly fed some food into that tiny belly, he perked up, but things were still touching. Yige continued to take care of everything to save him around the clock.
“He was the toughest little fighter. During that first week I stayed with him every night because I was afraid I would lose him if I went to sleep,” Yige told Love Meow.
“There have been so many times that I’ve thought he couldn’t make it, but his body miraculously moved on.”
After a few days of tube feeding and careful grooming, denim gained weight and even discovered its newfound energy. Six days after being cared for, the little prodigy passed the 100 gram mark and was officially life support.
As the kitten got bigger, they noticed that parts of its fur began to change color, which resembled that of a fever coat.
“He wasn’t born with a fever coat. He actually developed it because he was extremely ill the first week of his life,” Yige told Love Meow.
“Our vet suspects he has sepsis and he was tube fed and given several medications and supportive measures every 1-2 hours for the first week.”
During his recovery, denim was inseparable from one of his littermates who was his greatest cheerleader.
Whenever he needed a cuddle or some support, his brother Corduroy would appear next to him as if to cheer him on and try to comfort him.
“Cord has been Denny’s unwavering protector since day one.”
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Whenever denim was feeling bad or deteriorating, cord came to its rescue.
“I was expecting the worst every time Denim’s heart rate slowed. I noticed that almost every time this happened, Cord came by and nudged Denny’s flabby little body and instantly got his heart rate up again.”
With the help of his foster family and his brother’s unconditional love, Denim eventually doubled its weight. He was still the smallest in the powder, but what he lacked in size he made up for in personality.
Denim evolved into a playful, wild little mischief maker.
He would initiate good wrestle every opportunity he got and had reached the whole cattitude. When he was nine weeks old, the little wonder kitten was finally big enough for the next chapter in life – his home forever.
“He found great comfort in his brother Corduroy and they were eventually adopted together,” Yige told Love Meow.
“I’m so proud of how far they have come since the day I took them in as a sick premature baby,” said Yige.
“Your journey has not been easy, but it taught me some very important lessons: Sometimes we have to slow down and do things a day, an hour, or a step at a time. We have to celebrate the small victories and we always have to hope to have. “
The two kittens (renamed Lestat and Laszlo) live the best life forever with their wonderful family, who they love down to the smallest detail.
They’ve grown so much in the past three months, and Lestat’s dark fur has come in in its full glory.
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