Until September, life had not been kind to the gorgeous ginger feline named Lorelei with two different eye colors. What we know of her story anyways began with heartbreak. Thankfully this sweet pregnant girl was found just days before going into labor.
And had she not, there would likely be one less female ginger cat in the world, uncommon in itself!
Because Lorelei’s labor and subsequent start at motherhood did not go easily in any sense. When she was discovered, she was brought to the Florida foster home of Foster Kitten Mama, Heidi Shoemaker. Heidi prepared her home for the delivery, not knowing when Lorelei’s kittens would arrive. She didn’t have to wait long.
Guys, I think this MAY BE IT!!!!! Lorelei just came to us yesterday but often that’s what makes them go into labor, they are finally safe. Staying with her and rubbing her belly, which seems to be very calming to her!!! I’m super nervous….stay tuned!!!!!!But then, only a short time later, everything changed.
HEADED TO THE EMERGENCY VET!!!!! PLEASE PRAY!! IF YOU ARE ABLE AS WELL PLEASE DONATE AS I SUSPECT SHE NEEDS A C-SECTION. THANK YOU!!!!
In the care of trained professionals, Lorelei gave birth to three kittens.
Sadly, one of the babes was born with a horrific birth defect and did not survive. And after the doctor was able to help stimulate the first kitten out of the birth canal, her labor stalled. She ended up delivering another later and an x-ray was done to confirm there were no more hiding in her big belly.
Pretty jittery still from the stress of last night. Lorelei has 2 babies and the X-ray showed there aren’t any more. She just has a big belly so she was getting food. My heart is broken for the baby that passed. I can’t believe 2 deliveries in a row had babies with birth defects. I know it’s common but ….
Lorelei and her two precious babies have already been back to the vet this morning and she was combo tested and found negative for Fiv/flvp which is wonderful news. Fecal was negative and she had her eye checked. The Dr. said it may never clear up to normal but we have some drops to use on it. She’s resting comfortably with her beautiful babies now.
And literally, since that day, this trio has been inseparable.
Meet Lorelei’s adorable babies, diluted calico sister Leia and ginger and white tabby, Luke when their story began.
But only a few days after her tumultuous labor, Lorelei’s babies began losing weight. Which for neonatal kittens, is VERY serious.
Oh this is just not getting better. Lorelei seems like something is wrong. So hard not knowing the cat before delivery. But from what little I do know she really seems to not feel well. I’m super worried about her. Looks like it will already be a 3rd vet trip for her just since Saturday. Definitely never know what you are going to get when taking in stray animals.
Heidi stuck by their side with the syringe at hand and meds and fluids for Lorelei. And even though the kids were NOT happy about a milk replacer, it was a week later to the day that she began producing milk again! Which meant that Heidi didn’t need to be up every 2-3 hours to feed the kittens. Sleep is overrated when you’re a bottle baby foster anyways
Finally the family’s health seemed to level out and they could all focus on what was important; enjoying the fluffy fun!
Mama Lorelei was a doting and loving mother though too, always near her miracle babies. Many times, mama cats are left behind once all their kittens are adopted out. But they deserve love more than most.
[She] is showing definite signs that she’s been abused by humans. Despite ALL of these things, Lorelei is such a sweetheart!! Quiet, calm, and SUCH a wonderful, doting mother to Luke and Leia. Even after almost 6 weeks, she almost never leaves their side. She’s so unique just being a female ginger, but she also has two different colored eyes.
So when the day finally came for them to be listed for “pre-adoption”, Heidi had her priorities in place.
Hoping a special family steps up to adopt all 3 together!! Please message me if you have any interest in being that family!Priority given to someone wanting to keep them all together. Luke and Leia must be adopted together. Message me for an application, if wanting to adopt all 3, you can message me immediately.
Just this week, Heidi shared the news about her special ginger mama and family.
BIG, HUGE, WONDERFUL and AMAZING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!! Our Lorelei, Luke and Leia have been pre adopted…TOGETHER!!!!! A women and her grown daughter heard about them and wanted a female ginger. After a few attempts with potential out of state adopters, I was apprehensive and found out they live in Orlando!! Woo hoo!!
I asked about adopting all 3 and they said yes!!!
One works as a nurse and the other has been trying to find work so I told her I would ask my amazing Followers to help sponsor half of the adoption fees. I know there were a few that messaged me saying they would be willing to help…now’s that time!!! Thank you everyone for your prayers, and thank you in advance for helping out this sweet, sweet family!!!!! Wooooooo hoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Triple adoption!!!!!
This family wouldn’t have gotten to experience this love and joy without the opportunity to be in foster care. And there are thousands of “Lorelei’s” on the streets that could all use a helping hand.
We can’t wait to see if there are updates on the trio once they are settled into their new life. And for Heidi, her foster door is ALWAYS rotating. With the successes and pawsitivity on her social media, I’m sure there will be many more ameowzing stories for us to witness!
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REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP; FOSTERING SAVES LIVES & SPAY AND NEUTER!