kittens

On May 11, 2016, NASAP was contacted by a technician from the Leduc Veterinary Hospital. Their client from a local farm had 5, 3-week old kittens whose mother had not returned and was likely deceased. Kittens that age are so very fragile and their health is precarious at the best of times (i.e., even when they have an attentive, healthy mother cat to feed, warm and clean them). Without a mother, their chances of survival are drastically reduced. These kittens were far too young to be on their own and it was hoped that NASAP could help provide the supportive care they desperately needed. When they arrived, they had already spent at least a couple of days alone and they were underweight dehydrated. They had to be bottle-fed around the clock by Jennifer Semchuk and then by Anne Hudson, two NASAP foster homes that regularly help to care for kittens with special needs. Unfortunately, because of their rocky start and depleted state, they took turns becoming gravely ill. They were rushed to Calgary Trail Pet Hospital where Dr. Collen Pratt and her family volunteered to take over their care. Dr. Pratt was able to bring them back from the brink of death several times with fluids, dextrose and constant supportive care. Sadly, one kitten (Mango) could not be resuscitated and did not survive. During this time, NASAP contacted other rescues including the Whitecourt Homeless Animal Rescue Foundation (WHARF) to see if they had any mother cats that were still nursing and could serve as a surrogate mother. Luckily they did have one with kittens that were already eating solid food on their own. Linda was transferred to NASAP and after a bit of convincing, she started to clean and nurse the kittens. Even with Linda and Dr. Pratt's help, the kittens were not out of the woods and they still required around the clock care and hand-feedings for several additional weeks. The remaining four babies (Max, Felix, Zoey and Pebbles) have now all beaten all the odds and they are little balls of feline energy. They have finally grown and are the size of normal 8 week old kittens. They are extremely lucky and spoiled babies that are now looking for loving, indoor forever homes. NASAP sincerely thanks everyone that worked so diligently and selflessly to care for these babies. Without the generosity of our partner vet clinics and foster homes, there would be fewer of these heartwarming success stories!

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