Kitten Vet Assistant Hangs Up His Nursing Cap To Become A Family Pet

Written by: Dina Fantegrossi
Dina Fantegrossi is the Assistant Editor and Head Writer for HomeLife Media. Before her career in writing, Dina was a veterinary technician for more than 15 years.Read more
| Published on March 30, 2017

The Northfield Veterinary Hospital in Denver, Colorado has lost their best dental assistant. Saying goodbye to “Nurse Ron” was bittersweet for his “coworkers.”

On one hand, the beloved orange tabby rescue kitten certainly deserves a loving family and a comfortable home; but on the other, he sure was great with the patients!

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“Ron came to us from a feral cat colony with three other kitties named Hermione, Luna and Harry,” Northfield practice manager/co-owner, Jen Weston told People Pets. “Ron immediately showed extra interest in getting to know all the other pets that came in to our hospital.”

There certainly seems to be something built into male orange tabby DNA that makes them incredibly sweet and tirelessly outgoing! Ron is certainly no exception. Hospital staff were charmed and amused when his special talent first emerged. Ron would snuggle up to anesthetized dental patients and comfort them during their procedures.

Unlike surgical cases, dogs and cats put under for dentals do not need to be kept sterile, so Ron’s cuddles and occasional grooms were not a health risk. In fact, anesthetized patients tend to experience a drop in body temperature and may have trouble waking up. Ron helped keep them warm during their procedures and stimulate them back to wakefulness afterwards.

Ron doubles as a therapy cat to keep our dental patients warm. The dental is on our technician’s pup.

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Weston began to snap photos of the helpful kitty volunteering his services, and after posting them to Facebook, Nurse Ron began to get special requests from the hospital’s clients. He even befriended a cat whose owner described him as “aggressive” and “difficult at the vet”. She’s not sure where Ron’s talents came from, but Weston told People that he displayed mom-like characteristics with his littermates early on.

“He always groomed them, and the one time a dog got into my office he pushed all his siblings behind him and puffed up to protect them (this was his first time ever seeing a dog before).”

We are so excited to announce that Ron has been officially adopted into his forever home! We will sure miss that little…

Posted by Northfield Veterinary Hospital on Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Ron is now about 8-months-old and recently became the last of his litter to be adopted from Northfield Veterinary Hospital. Although he is dearly missed – both for his service and for his darling personality – Weston and the rest of the staff are overjoyed that he has found a loving home to call his own.

H/T to People

Featured Image via Facebook/Jen Weston