The baby kitten came to us with some mangled back legs and only the tiniest bit of life after being abandoned. Mama Super Taz got to work supervising the baby’s care and giving loving kisses.
He made little noises and wiggled around as Taz watched carefully from her bed. She would gently sniff and watch over baby kitten as he slept warm and loved.
She never went far and was quick to alert me when he made the tiniest bit of noise. She’d come find me in the house and bark until I followed her to the crying baby kitten. She’d look at me like…
…well, help him!
Baby kitten made it through two feeding and I was hopeful after he had a large poop, but he suddenly started to decline.
He became lethargic and wouldn’t eat anymore. I could see his life ebbing away as I held him in the palm of my hand and encouraged him to hold on. I told him about all the people loving him, but it was too late.
I was quiet as I held him close to my heart as he took his last breaths knowing the comfort brought by the sound of a heartbeat. You are not alone baby kitten. I am here. I am here.
I knew he was gone when Mama Super Taz walked away with her tail hanging low. Her paws dragged across the floor as she sat far from me and looked grief stricken.
I was flooded with guilt.
What could I have done differently to help save this baby kitten? I slowly sank to the floor and Taz came over to lean against my hip, so we could grieve together.
Then I cried. I cried for this little lost and forgotten baby kitten. I cried for his litter mates already dead before we could get to them. I cried to pave their way to heaven.
Even the next morning I found myself weeping. I’m not really a crying sort of person, but I was incredibly moved by this little heartbeat struggling for life.
Even with the best intentions and interventions orphaned kittens under a week old have a poor chance of survival. I’m proud to say we tried and he died loved, warm and fed.
He died as Somebody’s Kitten — so many die as Nobody’s Kitten cold and alone. (See link for story of Nobody’s Dog. )
We can’t save them all, but we can make a difference and in honour of baby kitten and his short tragic struggle BCFS asks you to please spay or neuter a cat. Make a donation to BCFS or to the Ontario Spay and Neuter Clinic so we have fewer tragic kitten stories.
Its $65 to have a cat spayed or neutered at the clinic.