Flatbush Cats, a cat spay in Brooklyn, New York, learned about a cat family in need in early September.
Nobody’s cat was hiding beneath the veranda with her six kittens. Some of the brood had swollen eyes, and they all required medical help right away.
Will Zweigart, the creator of Flatbush Cats, devised a rescue plan in which he hoped to capture all of the kittens in 1-2 days, but events unfolded unexpectedly on the spot.
When the rescue crew, lead by Will, arrived, one of the striped ones poked its head out suspiciously. He jumped out from behind the porch the following minute and decided to meet the visitors politely.
“The initial intention was to use traps to catch everyone,” Will explains. “However, things worked out so nicely that they were able to go on their own.”
“The kitten that came out first is definitely the leader of the group!”
Will managed to pick him up, the brave minke didn’t resist. Shortly thereafter, a second kitten appeared. “I didn’t want to miss the chance to catch them so I could start treating the eye infection faster.”
The other kittens followed the first’s lead and all escaped. People captured them, but they didn’t seem to mind and eagerly agreed to be transported in humane traps. Their curiosity was piqued by everything new.
The mother cat was lured for food and caught after the rescuers collected the kittens and placed them in a trap with a nice blanket.
None of the seven will ever walk the streets again.
All of the kittens were carefully cared after, and the most vulnerable ones were given additional food to help them thrive. “The tiniest had half the weight of its larger sibling and almost got lost in the shuffle,” Will explains.
“The detachment goes to wet food, depending on mom’s milk from time to time.” They eat almost a kilogram of food every day!”
They are now living the royal life that house cats should be, and the mother cat has finally been able to relax and have more time for herself.
She gradually encourages the kittens to eat solid food on their own and get out of the nest more often to play. “She raised her children superbly and will never go through this again.”
The kittens are recovering thanks to the rescuers’ cooperation. Some of them are at risk of losing their sight entirely or partially, but they are remarkably flexible and can perform all of the tasks that their sighted cousins can.
“A guide brother who is totally sighted will be given two possibly blind kittens.
The fates of these kittens changed drastically when they decided to step out of their hiding place towards the arrived rescuers.
Now life is good!
Watch the video of how they were rescued:
Credit: Flatbush Cats