A few days before Christmas last year, three tiny kittens were discovered behind a building meowing for some help. The motherless little kitties were found hiding by the property manager, who immediately contacted Friends for Life Rescue Network (a volunteer-based rescue group founded by Jacqueline Santiago and Cristina Figueroa).
“I saw these three gray kittens run between the space of two buildings (about 1/2 foot wide). They looked pretty young,” Santiago told Love Meow.
As soon as the rescuers arrived at the building, Santiago immediately set a trap so they can help the kittens. The volunteers were having a hard time luring the cats to the drop trap as they were probably scared to come out. After 20 minutes, the kittens started to emerge from their hiding area and rescuers quickly get all three of them to safety.
Unfortunately, one of the kittens died at the shelter.”Heartbroken, we set back to check on the other two kittens, Wolfie and Foxy.”
One kitten caught the attention of the rescuers as he appeared to be pretty small for his age.
Meet Wolfie the homeless kitten!
He is so tiny and only weighs around 15oz, which is almost half the size of his bigger sister. People at the shelter really wanted to save these two tiny kittens so they immediately give them round the clock care.
“At this point, we had no idea that Wolfie had problems. Aside from his adorable overbite and being underweight, he appeared to be eating well.”
After a few days, Wolfie’s condition worsened as he became lethargic and unable to feed. Everyone thought he was not going to survive but the little kitten is a survivor who refused to give up. At one point, Wolfie stopped breathing, which worried the volunteers. They gave him oxygen and some medicine. After a quick x-ray, they discovered that his entire esophagus was completely blocked up.
“None of the vets at the clinic had ever seen this before. While at the ER, they pressed for me to euthanize. They said, ‘I understand you want to save him. But it’s a matter of…if you should.’
“I had a simple question. ‘Do you have the diagnosis?’ ‘No.’ The doctor replied. ‘Then I’m not euthanizing him.'”
Despite his will to survive, people thought the former homeless kitten was not going to make it through the night until he woke up the following day and gave everyone a tiny squeak.
Santiago was not prepared to lose the little guy.
“I was instructed to try him on a liquid diet of kitten milk and then hold him upright for 5-10 minutes after every meal and to feed every two hours,” Santiago said.
“After his CT scan, the doctor discovered that he has a disorder where a tissue has grown and is making his esophagus super tiny. He has to be on a liquid diet until he weighs enough for corrective surgery,” Santiago told Love Meow.
With the help of all the volunteers around him, Wolfie’s health improved!
“He’s happy and spunky and brave. He’s a troublemaker and he loves my other cats. He’s already learned to climb my very tall cat tree! He sleeps like an angel.”
“He is now one pound and 14oz and gaining regularly. He has a HUGE belly! His overbite is to die for and he loves to stick out his tongue. His favorite toys are balls because he can chase them.
“When I kiss his face, he opens his mouth like he’s going to bite but he’s a total faker.”
Foxy & Wolfie ❤️ rescued this week from Skid Row in DTLA. Unfortunately, we lost their brother Bear after hours of life saving measures. He was too far gone to be saved. We are working hard on getting these 2 healthy. Wolfie is only 15oz and skin and bones. If you would like to donate to help with their care, please let me know!
The homeless kitten is truly a miracle cat!
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