A tiny 11-day-old kitten arrived at a foster home, hoping that someone would help her eat. The adorable little kitty was born with a cleft lip and palate, which made it hard for her to latch on a bottle or her mother.
Thankfully, the poor kitten ended up in the hands of an experience fosterer from New Jersey. Brea decided to take the kitty in, so the little one could get a chance at a new life.
Meet the tiny kitten Xena!
The tiny kitten was picked up by New Life Animal Rescue in Marlton, New Jersey (a rescue group dedicated to helping dogs and cats with special needs) after a woman called the organization about a kitten who was having difficulty nursing from her mother.
The kind-hearted woman rescued the mother cat while she was pregnant and gave her a home.
“They have been trying to bottle feed this little one but reported that the formula kept coming out of her nose and she wasn’t growing like the others in the litter,” Brea shared with Love Meow.
Brea drove through the night to pick up the tiny kitten. They named her Xena, the warrior princess.
“The next day at the vet we learned that she was dehydrated and had aspiration pneumonia and was underweight for her age (110g at 11 days). The doctor is not sure how severe her cleft is yet because she is so tiny,” Brea told Love Meow.
The vet started her on with on the tiniest dose of antibiotics for her pneumonia and gave the Xena sub q fluids to help her stay hydrated.
Brea would tube fed the tiny kitten every three hours around the clock. It wasn’t easy but she was determined to help Xena, so they can give her the life she deserves.
“After three days, her weight had increased by 1/3.”
Both of her eyes were opened and she was getting stronger than ever.
“She loves snuggling into my elbow and trying to nurse on her Snuggle Kitty (or ‘fake mom’ as we call it),” Brea told Love Meow.
The little calico kitty is living up to her warrior name!
Watch the video of Xena the warrior princess:
“Today she is 24 days old and thriving. She weighs 286g, more than double her original weight, and is starting to get some teeth.
“She is active and strong and certainly living up to her warrior name,” Brea told Love Meow.
Everyone is committed to getting the tiny kitten everything that she needs, so she can be with a loving family and live a happy life.
In just a week after the rescue, Little Xena looks stronger than ever!
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