A skinny tortoiseshell mother cat and her seven kittens were rescued and taken into the animal shelter hoping for potential adopters to give them a second chance at life.
When a kind-hearted woman decided to foster all of them, it changes the life of the cat family.
The feline family was rescued by Providence Animal Center of Media, Pennsylvania in October 2016 with hopes to give them the life they deserve.
They were immediately taken to the animal hospital where they found out that the mother cat was sick with an upper respiratory infection (URI). She was skin and bones when rescued while nursing all her seven kittens. It was obvious that she needed a lot of help.
Foster parent Serena Boleto volunteered to take them all until the mother cat gets better.
The kind-hearted woman knew that she has to take care of them 24/7 for all the kittens to survive. Serena thought that some of the kittens might not survive because they were very sick. They needed more attention and round-the-clock syringe-feeding.
However, the human foster parent stayed positive and kept fighting for the cat family.
Luckily, the health of the mother cat has improved, which allowed her to feed all her seven kittens on her own.
All seven kittens eventually nursed back to health and put on some weight. They have become more playful each day.
“Walnut is all black, Pistachio is black and white, Brazil is the tuxedo, Pecan is the tortie, Hazelnut is the calico, Cashew is orange with more white, and Peanut is orange and the tiniest,” the human foster parent said.
“It’s the largest (related) litter I’ve had… Most of the cat moms have been pulled from high-kill shelters. A lot of them are surrendered pets, but there have been a few strays. Mama Macadamia is very sweet — climbs in my lap all the time and loves to be pet.”
They named the mother cat Macadamia!
“This entire litter wanted to be in my lap at all times. When I️ tried to get up, I️ removed one, and two more jumped in me. It took forever to stand up and they were usually still clinging to me.”
Macadamia continued to improve each day and have managed to gain weight while feeding seven kittens.
After a few weeks, all the kittens were healthy enough to be put up for adoption. All of them were picked up separately and are now living in loving homes. However, Macadamia stayed at the shelter until someone offered to take her home just in time for the holidays.
Peanut and Cashew
“I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that these two were adopted together. Peanut and Cashew have been inseparable since I brought them home and I know they will make great lifelong companions. Their new names are Trevor and Travis.”
Macadamia was all skin and bones when she arrived at the shelter. Now, she’s completely healthy living with a loving human family.
“She now has two tiny humans that will provide endless snugs for her and she will enjoy being the center of attention as an only pet.”
Fostering kittens might be hard, but it is one of the most rewarding tasks.
“Saying goodbye might be hard, but if you found the kitten a great home, you can pat yourself on the back knowing that you saved a life… because it means you’ve opened your home up to be able to save even more animals,” Hannah Shaw of Kitten Lady said.
“I had so much fun fostering this amazing group of kittens, and as always, I feel so fortunate to be a part of their journey,” Serena said.
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