Fun-sized Freddo is the same weight as an avocado, rescuers at Gables Dogs & Cats Home says of the tiny kitten. The Devon, UK shelter helps over 1000 pets each year.
An avocado weighs about 160g, the equivalent weight of Fun-sized Freddo. 🥑
In another picture, you can see he’s no bigger than a candy bar. 🍫
After receiving a call from a veterinarian, the staff wanted to give Freddo a fighting chance.
Unfortunately, his siblings didn’t make it. At their small size, an infestation of fleas overcame them. Now, Freddo was fighting for survival.
“Fun-Sized Freddo is the sole survivor of his litter, as his three siblings sadly died as a result of a massive flea infestation. Although he is 4-5 weeks old, he weighs less than a two-week-old kitten and is severely emaciated and dehydrated due to the infestation of fleas,” states a fundraiser for Freddo.
Hand-Picking 100 Blood-Sucking Fleas
While at the veterinarian, Freddo received flea treatment, but even so, a kind woman hand-picked fleas from his tiny body.
“[Freddo] still had over 100 blood-sucking fleas on him, as they take a while to die off. General Manager Claire Sparkes took him home to provide the specialist 24-hour care he desperately needed. Claire initially spent several hours meticulously removing the fleas from his scrawny body to try to reduce their burden on him,” states a fundraiser for the kitten.
Fun-sized Freddo Fights to Survive
Then, Claire fed Freddo from a bottle each hour, including at night. For ten days, he “precariously clung to life,” and the rescuers feared he might not make it despite all the effort. Then, finally, he slowly started to gain some weight and began to eat some solid food. He had proven he had a strong desire to live.
“We are hopeful that with this round-the-clock love and support he will survive,” they wrote.
@MarsUK Have you seen our little Fun-Sized Freddo? He is the only surviving member of his litter thanks to a massive flea infestation. His full story is here https://t.co/QYzSnVwXTc
Could you help us by RT his story please?#fighter #RescuedCat pic.twitter.com/v2vdV1lYnA
— Gables Dogs & Cats Home (@Gablesdogscats) September 30, 2021
An Easily Preventable Tragedy
For those who rescue animals, it’s frustrating to see them suffer when the cause is so easily prevented.
“It is so frustrating to see animals suffer like this when it is so easily preventable with basic vet care such as flea and worm prevention treatments,” Sparkes said. “We are determined to help him recover and gain weight so he can go on to live a happy and healthy life.”
🧡Donations Flow for Fun-Sized Freddo🧡
Then, they asked for donations, exceeding their goal of £600 to pay for the 24-hour care and veterinary expenses. In all, they raised almost five times as much as their target from 195 supporters. Contributions will help care for the hundreds of animals in the shelter every day.
Here’s a recent post about their little “paper shredder.”
“In order to function properly, a paper shredder needs to rest for 18 hours a day!!”