Special Kitten Growing Strong After Beginning Was Nearly End

Sometimes nature can be cruel, but the kindness of cat-loving hearts can ease the harsh facts of life. And at just one-day-old, Aela the kitten has already learned these truths.

The tiny black kitten was found alone in a backyard, so young her eyes had yet to open. Her rescue came after a woman heard her little cries for help and put out a plea on Facebook.

Volunteer and foster for Wrenn Rescues, Ashley Kelley came across the post and went into action. Ashley said, “Something told me that I needed to go get it immediately. I got in touch with the finder, grabbed a mask and gloves, and hopped in my car. It was already 9PM.”


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When Ashley arrived to pick up the kitten, the woman who’d found her had tucked the baby into a safe, warm space and looked for the mother. But, sadly, no mom returned. And this could have been due to the fact, Aela had a cleft nose.

“Unfortunately that is how nature works sometimes,” Ashley explained. “Mamas leave their weak, incompatible-with-life babies and focus on their healthy ones.”

But in the dark of the evening and on a small black cat, Aela’s nose had yet to be seen.


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When Ashley returned home with the kitten, she gave the baby a look over and discovered Aela’s special nose. Ashley also noticed, “She has a teeny tiny hole in her palate along with the cleft nose, so it’s not safe to bottle feed her. She needs to be tube-fed.”

But, as an expert in fostering kittens, Ashley knew just how to care for the sweet girl and Aela soon settled in.


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Special Girl Growing Strong

Ashley reports, “Little Aela is just pure sweetness.”

The baby house panther loves to be brushed with a little toothbrush and after her grooming, she curls up in Ashley’s hand and falls asleep. And the only time Aela gets fussy is when its time to eat.


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Though Aela has special needs due to her cleft nose and palatal hole, Ashley told Love Meow, “Other than needing to be tube-fed, she is a remarkably normal kitten so far. She recognizes my scent and cuddles up to my hands.”


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“It’s almost as though she understands that I am helping her.”

At one week old, Aela has gained a good amount of weight. Ashley shared, “Today she weighs 140g, which is 55g more than she weighed when I got her 6 days ago. She is turning out to be quite the little potato!”

And Aela is the most darling little spud ever!

H/T: www.lovemeow.com
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