When residents in Orient, Ohio moved recently, they refused to leave behind some very precious cargo. Stray mama cat, Styles, had lived on their property where they were happy to take care of her. She had remained outdoors and unfortunately, along the way, had become pregnant. And just recently, she gave birth to 5 healthy little nuggets! But what would happen to the new family when the humans left? Who would take care of them in the harsh Ohio winter?
The couple refused to leave the stray mama cat and her kittens behind to suffer an unknown fate.
In a heartwarming show of affection, they reached out to anyone they could find to ask for assistance. They wanted to find a local no-kill shelter or rescue group that could take in the family. Ideally, mama Styles would be given the opportunity to be an indoor cat. And with the young age of her babies, they hoped they could be socialized and find homes. Because with the ease that they were all “trapped”, I’d say mama was ready for life off the streets.
Their plea for help garnered the attention of a cat rescuer in Cleveland, Ohio. Rachel Vanek manages and funds the TNR and foster efforts of needy cats in her hometown. She happily shares their stories on her social media pages under @CLEFosterKittens.
Above all, Rachel knew that mama Styles needed her help and opened her foster doors to the new family. She agreed to meet the couple halfway and take the family into her care. They were located about 2 1/2 hours south of Rachel–a short distance to a new life.
And only a short time later, Rachel picked up the beauty and her five babies.
First, she took them to her veterinarian at Ridgeville Animal Hospital right away for a checkup. Thankfully, they were all healthy with no issues; a lucky update for the stray family.
Mama Styles weighed in at 8.7 pounds and tested negative for FIV/FeLV. She was given all the stray protocol attention; de-wormer and flea treatments.
Three girls, two boys – names and pictures to follow later! Right now, Mama and her little ones are settling in to their new indoor life <3
Then the little ones were introduced on the CLE Foster Kittens Facebook and Instagram pages.
The tiny neonates are only about 10 days old. Their little ears are still folded, eyes haven’t opened yet (mostly) and for a few, their umbilical cords still hadn’t fallen off!
First up, was little girl Astrid.
This fierce little tabbyco is my best guess so far at leader of the pack. She also loves her mama dearly, and shares a lot of her markings.
Next, little Marcus was introduced.
This little baby otter has a constant “whut???” look on his face, and is holding on to his umbilical cord for good luck.
Then came sister Malina.
This little honey badger already has no time for me and my crap! HAHA I can tell she and her sisters are going to give me a run for my money.
And not to be outdone, sister Sabine who was the first to begin opening her eyes.
Just look at her pretty tortie markings already showing through! And that little peanut butter leg!!! Her eyes are starting to peek open, which gives her a cranky old lady look. It matched the tortitude she gave me when I tried to get these pictures. These girls are going to own me, I tell you!
Last but certainly not least, is handsome tuxie boy, Garrett.
Try not to swoon meeting our little tuxie Garrett – he was quite a gentleman for his weigh in and pictures, too!
Now that the family is safe indoors, their caring saviors can watch their progress as they blossom.
Thank you so much to the original caretakers for refusing to leave one special stray mama cat behind when they moved! No one can know what would have happened to them if left own their own. But these 6 lucky souls have been given an opportunity to live their best lives.
So be sure to follow their stories through foster mom Rachel’s adorable, and humorous, updates. We can’t wait to see where these little cuties end up!
REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP; FOSTERING SAVES LIVES & SPAY AND NEUTER!