Doing her best, she was fighting a losing battle to keep her head above water feeding two different litters at the same time!
When Alley Cat Rescue, Los Angeles received news regarding a mother cat desperately in need of help, doing her best to care for two separate litters, they wasted no time in coming to her aid, intercepting them just in time before she ended up in an animal shelter.
“We got the mom with two sets of four at different ages, all nursing,” said a representative from Alley Cat Rescue.
Exhausted, and at the end of her limits, Tangerine, as she was named, was as thin as a rake. Volunteers stepped in to help and began supplement feeding the older kittens so the young mom could concentrate on feeding her 10-day old babies
“They did great for a couple of weeks until she ran out of milk. We had already been helping them and providing meals, so it was an easy transition,” said Alley Cat Rescue.
Clearly grateful for receiving the much-needed help, Tangerine would always purr away happily whenever volunteers entered the room.
“One of the older kittens started eating mom’s food at just three weeks old. Some couldn’t even find their own feet, but this little guy had food sucking down to an art.”
The runt of the litter, Cornbread, was soon left behind by his siblings when he stopped gaining weight.
“We have been monitoring their weights closely and this little guy stopped.”
Not much bigger than his bottle, Cornbread never gave up, determined to not only catch up with his siblings he seemed determined to keep up, all with the support of his mom.
This was clearly evidenced by his amazing ability to hold his own while wrestling his much larger siblings.
Soon Cornbread’s endearing efforts began to pay off as began to gain weight, becoming the last kitten on the bottle as his siblings transitioned to soft food.
“He is the sweetest little guy and always hungry. Once the babies figure out where their next meal comes from, we get the cutest welcome.”
Now that all of her kittens had transitioned to, and in most cases moved on from the bottle, Tangerine could finally become a kitten again and leave motherhood behind.
Once she had been spayed, a loving family fell in love with the green-eyed cutie and made her a part of their family. Now she was where she truly deserved to be, the center of attention.
“She gets to have a family (and a new sibling) to dote on her now.”
“She is so happy to finally have her happily ever after,” said Alley Cat Rescue.