I think we all wish that we can do something or give something to make people's lives that work in the shelter so much better. They have to worry about so much stuff! They need to make sure all the pets are safe and sound, make sure they all have food and water and try to give all of them as much love as they possibly can.
It's hard work and they don't get enough recognition for all the good work they do! And things can become really tough at times, like when a shelter in Portland, Oregon took in a 10-month-old pregnant cat that truly needed their help.
A volunteer at the shelter named Sheila immediately stepped up to the plate to help soon to be momma Melody, but Sheila soon realized that the kitty was under tremendous stress.
"I was hoping that after a few days she would relax. Instead, two days later, she went into labor," Sheila said. "She had one kitten in a pet bed but didn't take care of it. Her second kitten was on the floor in the sac."
Unfortunately when they found the two little kittens one had already passed away and that is when Sheila's daughter warmed up the other one and tried to bottle feed it because the Melody didn't want to know anything.
"Six hours later, two more kittens were born. We removed them from the sac and warmed them. Another two hours later, the last one was born." They realized Melody didn't want anything to do with the babies so Sheila's daughter became their new momma.
"My daughter fed them every two hours while I was at work during the week and throughout the night. I helped after work but she wanted to save them."
A normal kitten weighs around 90 grams at birth but they were much smaller. They weighed only 70 grams! "Friday we lost the male kitten that my daughter worked so hard to save. We provided fluids and Karo Syrup a few times and he would do better but eventually, he faded."
The three remaining survivors are staying strong and fighting for their life.
At one week old they were finally up to a 100 grams and were as big as a Jalapeno pepper. They soon started to crawl and perk up a bit. "Each day is a victory. We are working hard to keep them fed and warm."
Just as any young mom Melody was very afraid, "I believe that her fear overrode her instincts to care for the kittens," Sheila said. Even though Melody is in the room with the kittens she refuses to go near them or nurse them.
"She's getting treats and soft food and has a blanket fort behind the pen that she likes to stay in. She's using her litter box and eating when I am not in the room."
"If she doesn't want to be with her kittens, it's okay. She should have been spayed so she didn't end up in a shelter. I will do everything I can to teach her that we mean no harm."
When the little ones were 13 days old they started to smell and even started hissing at strange smells.
"I think they could hear too because they reacted to noise. They were very active after eating but still slept most of the time."
The little ones just love cuddling up to each other on a warm fuzzy blanket and napping the days away.
Sheila's daughter became their true mommy by caring and feeding them every couple of hours for three weeks. "Thursday was my daughter's birthday. I gifted her with eight hours of sleep," Sheila said.
"The kittens will most likely be on formula for six weeks and their consumption rate will increase over time." Those beautiful eyes went open when they were 20 days old and Sheila was beyond happy.
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