May 21, 2022 3 min read
Cat showers her solo kitten with affection after they pulled through together with the help of a family.
Bunny the cat mom and Dash the kittenJennifer @newkittensontheblock
About a month ago, a tabby cat was surrendered to Indianapolis Animal Care Services while she was heavily pregnant. Shortly after her arrival, she gave birth to a litter of four and urgently needed a foster home.
IndyHumane, an animal rescue group, stepped up to help and took them in the following day. "She and the kittens came into foster care with me when they were two days old," Jennifer, a volunteer of IndyHumane, told Love Meow.
The cat, Bunny, was a doting mom from the start. Among the kittens, Dash, an orange tabby, was the biggest baby of the bunch.
Bunny was brought to a city shelter where she had her kittensJennifer @newkittensontheblock
A few days later, things took a turn for the worse when Bunny came down with a severe upper respiratory infection (URI). It soon became clear that the kittens needed intervention, as Bunny lost appetite and couldn't produce enough milk.
"The family went to IndyHumane's ICU, so Bunny could get more supportive care. Despite intervention, sadly, three of the four kittens didn't survive the URI, leaving Dash as a singleton."
Mama Bunny snuggling with Dash the only survivor of the litterJennifer @newkittensontheblock
With lots of TLC, Bunny made a full recovery. Her kitten Dash powered through the ordeal, and was so happy to have milk from his mom again.
"Bunny is very attentive, so with just Dash left, she literally showers him with a lot of attention," Jennifer shared with Love Meow. "She's very young, so this was probably her first (and thankfully last) litter."
Bunny made a full recovery from a severe URIJennifer @newkittensontheblock
Bunny has filled out so much in a few weeks, and discovered the joy of toys.
"Once she started feeling better, her playful kitten side emerged. She is very energetic, curious, and loves toys. She's also very sweet and seeks out lots of attention and affection."
She showers her kitten with lots of love and attentionJennifer @newkittensontheblock
"If I'm paying too much attention to Dash, she will push her way in between us. She is taking very good care of him and always has a watchful eye on him now that he's out and about exploring the foster room and playing."
Watch Bunny and Dash in this cute video:
Bunny the cat and Dash the kitten www.youtube.com
Bunny who is still a kitten at heart, sometimes zooms around her room in the middle of the night or cries for attention from her people.
As a young mother, she has a ton of energy to match her fiery ginger boy. She is incredibly patient with Dash and tolerates his many antics.
"Bunny is taking such good care of baby Dash. He's growing and hitting all of his developmental milestones right on track," Jennifer told Love Meow.
"Dash loves to pounce on her, wrestle with her, and try to get her tail. She gently plays back."
The kitten is getting very playful and rambunctious. He trots over to Jennifer when she comes in to prepare meals for the mom.
Bunny is thriving and will never have to go through another pregnancy, and will get to live life exactly the way she desires.
"In my experience with fostering, most mama cats naturally start to separate themselves from their kittens as they wean. I don't know if this case will be different given that Dash is a solo kitten now and she's so young," Jennifer told Love Meow.
"Ultimately, the decision will be up to Bunny."
Dash just turned one month old, and Mama Bunny is very proudJennifer @newkittensontheblock
For now, Bunny takes every opportunity to bathe her precious kitten. She is teaching Dash how to play like a cat, showing him proper feline etiquette, and preparing him to be a well-rounded kitty.
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