It was what appeared to be a normal spring day when an Arkansas resident came across a Facebook post desperately seeking help with a mama cat who had rejected her newborn kittens.
The woman knew the kittens would die if their mother didn’t feed them.
Fearing she might be the kittens’ only hope, the woman sprung into action.
Keep reading to find out how this broken family was made whole again!
A Cry For Help
Stephanie Pinkerton, an independent cat rescuer in Central Arkansas, knew she had to help as soon as she discovered what had happened.
She quickly called the woman with the mama cat and discovered she had two kittens that she wouldn’t nurse.
“The girl who had the cat said it was almost as if the mamma cat didn’t know she was a mom. She wouldn’t let her kittens nurse,” Stephanie told National Kitty.
The mamma cat refused to acknowledge the smallest kitten.
She managed to groom and move the other kitten, but wouldn’t stay still long enough to let it latch.
She was constantly attempting to escape and leave her kittens.
Rushing to the Rescue
These things happen with new litters sometimes, and neither the kittens nor the mother were at fault.
Stephanie knew she could take the kittens and bottle feed them, but was well aware their chances of survival were slim without their mother’s milk.
Just when she thought things couldn’t get worse, Stephanie received more shocking news: the mother might still be in labor and have another kitten on the way!
Stephanie had to think fast. What she did next was heroic!
A True Miracle
Stephanie decided to take the mamma and her babies. She hopped in her car and drove an hour to pick them up.
Stephanie and the woman with the mamma cat made plans to meet at a gas station between their two cities.
Stephanie came prepared with bottles to feed the kittens before she drove home.
Just as she was getting ready to bottle feed the kittens, a miracle happened.
The kittens began trying to nurse, and the mamma cat didn’t seem to be rejecting them this time!
“I don’t know if it was because she couldn’t go anywhere or she just didn’t want to this time, but I noticed that they were trying to nurse,” Stephanie said.
“So, I decided not to intervene at that time and just let them do their thing on the drive home!” Stephanie shared.
Safe at Last
Even once they got home and the mama cat had more room to move around, she continued to allow the kittens to nurse!
While it was unclear why she originally rejected them, it was now obvious that things had changed for the better.
Stephanie named the mama cat Britta.
The girl who initially had the mama cat had already picked out names for the kittens.
Stephanie honored her wish and stuck with the names Cookie and Biscuit!
A Happy Family
Two days after she brought them home, Stephanie began to worry that the smaller kitten, Biscuit, wasn’t getting enough milk.
Biscuit, who had originally been rejected by her mom, was noticeably smaller than Cookoie.
“I decided to at least give her a little extra milk, because it clearly wasn’t getting enough from mama,” Stephanie shared.
“I put the nipple in her mouth, and it got a little bit, but it just really didn’t want to have anything to do with it,” said Stephanie.
Luckily, Biscuit began to nurse more often when Stephanie placed her close to her mom.
As time passed, both kittens kept nursing and gained more and more weight!
Biscuit caught up to Cookie and their mother’s love for them only grew!
“She is very protective of them and is a wonderful mother now,” Stephanie said. “They’re thriving, I would say.”
With a little help from Stephanie, mama cat and her kittens are now one happy family, safe and sound!
Stephanie is a kind-hearted individual committed to rescuing cats and kittens in emergency scenarios.
All her rescue cats, including the sweet family in this story, are all spayed/neutered before finding their forever homes.
Stephanie is entirely self funded and relies on people like us to donate food, kitten formula, and other essential supplies for to continue rescuing cats.
Please consider donating an item directly to Stephanie through her Amazon Wishlist.
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