Martha Stewart, also known as Marty Mouse, is an adorable kitten who decided she preferred being raised with dogs rather than other kittens.
At four weeks old, she arrived at Salty Animal Rescue after some kind people found her all alone outside. Her mother was nowhere to be found, and the kitten needed syringe feeding.
Fortunately, the rescue’s Saltarski sisters knew just what to do. Until Martha could eat wet food, they would give her round-the-clock care and quarantine her until she could be introduced to the other foster animals.
In the meantime, they would keep looking for Martha’s mom, who they suspected was preoccupied with more kittens somewhere.
“Kitten season doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon, so meet Martha!” the rescue posted on Facebook.
“We were contacted by some kind people after they found Martha outside alone. We always try our best to keep mom and babies together, because mom is always best, but unfortunately sometimes things don’t go as planned. Due to mom most likely having more kittens to care for, we aren’t able to trap/fix and hopefully find mom and siblings a home until either we find her nest or her other babies are old enough to be on their own. We won’t give up until mom and babies are found and spayed/neutered!”
Martha Brings Out ‘the Kitten Voice’
Sometimes, kittens bring out “the kitten voice” for the sisters who run Salty Animal Rescue, Karly and Katelyn Saltarski.
And, this is certainly true when it comes to adorable baby Martha.
“If you follow us, you most likely have heard the voice a time or two. It has come to my attention that some people find it ‘weird’ and perhaps it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Yes, most times it can be embarrassing, but I can’t help the crazy voice that takes over when I see a cute little kitten. If you were constantly surrounded by this cuteness I’m sure your brain would be overwhelmed too,” they write.
As their followers say, everyone loves the kitten voice and seeing how the kittens respond.
After their post about Martha, they received donations to help care for her. Now, it was playtime.
“This little potato’s belly is full thanks to you!”
Martha is doing great, and besides the fact that she brings my kitten voice out in full, she’s the spunkiest, sweetest little nugget,” the rescue shared.
A week later, Martha is doing well and enjoying cuddles and baby talk with her foster family. Soon, she would be ready to leave quarantine and meet the other kittens at Salty Animal Rescue.
“Marty has been with us for just over a week now. This little girl is full of spunk and is the funniest little potato. She rarely complains and loves to play. She’s tiny for her age but besides a bad case of the poops, she’s doing great. She finally figured out how to eat on her own and is currently mastering the litter box.”
Martha Chooses Life with the Dogs
A few days later, Martha, or Marty, was out of quarantine and 7 weeks old. Soon, she would be ready to find a furever home.
In the meantime, after meeting the other kittens, it appears she has chosen to stick with one of The Girls, a sweet dog named Ari, and “Mother Nood.”
“Our Marty Mouse is 7 weeks old now, and her favorite in the household is still Mama Nood. It doesn’t surprise us, since Nood’s won over every puppy/kitten that’s come into the home so far,” the sisters wrote on Instagram.
Now, Mama Nood and the other dogs would be Martha’s chosen foster family.
“Marty now sees our resident dog/professional kitten cuddler Mama Nood, as well as my two other dogs, as her foster family,” they wrote.
Maybe, they guessed, Marty preferred the company of the canines.
“It may be that little Marty prefers to be raised by wolves than those of her own kind. We can’t complain because these guys make the cutest, sweetest little foster family and Marty could not be happier.”
As you can see, Martha is 100% comfortable with Nood, playing with her fearlessly. And, Nood seems to love the kitten in return.
Martha Found Her Forever Home
Although the sisters love Martha dearly, it was time to let her go. After a difficult goodbye, Martha went to a home with an older cat sister, but she would always remember Mama Nood.
“Our little Marty also went to her forever home, and it was one of the hardest foster goodbyes we’ve had,” they wrote on Instagram. “Martha now gets to live out her life snuggling with her big kitty sis Lily. The little weirdo is still wagging her tail like a dog, so we know she hasn’t forgotten us or her surrogate resident dog mom, Mama Nood!”
Salty Animal Rescue
This year, kitten season has been busy for Salty Animal Rescue, with no signs of letting up when Martha came.
Sisters Karly and Katelyn Saltarski founded the nonprofit in Dunas, Ontario, near the Great Lakes. It was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
Every day, the sisters put their blood, sweat, and tears into providing the best possible care for all the animals in their care. Often, it’s not easy, but they do all they can to help animals while providing support and supplies for foster providers.
“No matter what, we will continue to fight for these animals, and we hope the future brings even more people willing to join us in that fight!
To help them with their ongoing efforts, you can share the story of Martha and follow them on Instagram, Facebook. For donations to help foster kittens like Martha, see their website.