Kitten Becomes Lap Cat for Life Thanks to Dedicated Foster Mom

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on December 2, 2019

Kittens love to cuddle. Security means everything to a tiny furball just finding its way in the world. Imagine being a kitten with no home, no steady food source, and no lap in which to snooze.

Like many other kittens in the wild, Dudley knew only uncertainty before volunteers performed a trap-neuter-release operation in Orlando, FL, recently. Traps were set and baited with food, which made them irresistible to a kitten so hungry. Unlike his siblings, Dudley walked into the trap without hesitation, going right for the food.

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Volunteer and foster mom to cats and kittens, Lisa Krakosky wrote in an Instagram post, “We could see that he was quite small and were wondering if he would even set it off. Luckily for us, and him, he did.”

At the clinic, he barely tipped the scales at two pounds and staff estimated his age to be around two months old. Lisa suspected he may have been be older though. Because Dudley appeared to be little more than skin and bones, his true age was hard to figure. Whatever his age, Dudley loves to cuddle. In fact, the black and white cat can’t resist an empty lap.

The Aim of Trap-Neuter-Release Programs

With her efforts in trap-neuter-release operations, Lisa has aided over forty cats. This means fewer cats are birthing litters in the wild, which in turn leads to fewer kittens born into a life of parasites, illness, and cruelty. In addition to stopping population booms in the wild cat community, cats which have undergone spay/neuter procedures tend to fight less, creating lower rates of injury among stray cats as well.

On performing TNR operations, Lisa wrote, “It can be difficult and frustrating and dirty. But it can also be beautiful.”

Like other cats aided by TNR programs, Dudley’s left ear was tipped, marking him as a cat neutered in a trap-neuter-release clinic.

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Dudley certainly appreciates Lisa’s efforts at assisting wild kitties. Since fostering with her, the sweet tuxedo has gained weight and grown. Unlike other little ones, he’s not a kitten who likes a lot of play. Lisa said he’s “an old soul” who wants to curl up in a lap and watch movies while cuddling. Nothing wrong with that life at all!

Lisa Krakosky/Instagram

From Street Cat to Lap Cat, Soon Dudley Will Find His Forever Home

Dudley will be ready for his forever home in the very near future. Applications are rolling in from potential adopters. Lisa thinks he’d make an ideal only cat-child as he requires lots of attention and absolutely demands to be in someone’s lap if they’re sitting down. Who could deny a face so darling?

Thanks to the efforts of rescue volunteers and foster homes, stray kittens born to the streets are getting chances at the lives of ease all cats are meant to have. Without Lisa, Dudley might never have learned how much he loved a good lap.

H/T: LoveMeow

Feature Image: Lisa Krakosky/Instagram