Cat Man Chris and rescuers from Tiny Paws Fosters worked together to save two abandoned kittens, Ginny and Emmy. Now, the adorable bonded pair are looking for their forever home for the holidays.
In late October, Ginny, a 6-7 week old ginger kitten weighing just over a pound, showed up at a home where a kind person feeds a group of feral cats. All the females were spayed as part of Cat Man Chris’ ongoing trap, neuter, release (TNR) program.
Nobody knew where the lone kitten came from, with no mother or siblings around. Possibly, someone dumped her there, thinking she could manage with the feral cats.
For days, Chris worked with the woman to set traps, hoping to catch Ginny. However, the skittish kitten was fearful and avoided capture. Then, one day, the woman caught Ginny by hand when she let her guard down. From there, Chris delivered the kitten to foster care. Thankfully, Nadija from Tiny Paws Fosters agreed to give her foster care.
As part of care, the “easily spooked” kitten began making progress as she realized she was safe and loved.
Emmy Hides in the Rocks Under a Bridge
Days later, Tiny Paws Fosters learned about another kitten, later named Emmy, “screaming [her] heart out by a river,” as they put it. So, Nadija and a friend drove to the bridge over the Hillsborough River. That day, it was unusually cold and windy for Tampa.
For the rest of the night, the two tried everything they could to lure a frightened Emmy out from a hiding place among the rocks. It was a “difficult, yet smart place,” since she was impossible to reach.
They knew from experience that the sounds of other kittens meowing could help, so they played the sounds from YouTube. Also, they tried meowing themselves, and the kitten responded.
Unfortunately, three hours later, at 2 am, they were heartbroken when Emmy refused to come out from under the large rocks. But they didn’t give up, setting traps with tuna fish; they planned to return a fourth time.
The next day, Cat Man Chris arrived on the scene and found a group of volunteers from the local aquarium planting in the river bed. Already, they had heard Emmy meowing among the rocks along the river wall. It was low tide, and the group joined forces to try and get to the kitten. However, all the commotion made her even more nervous. So, Chris decided to return later when it was quieter, hoping the kitten would be more active.
Cat Man Chris Goes into ‘Stealth Mode’
That evening, Chris arrived before Nadija and her husband, who were on the way.
“I was worried the kitten had been spooked and ran off, but I finally located him from his meows,” Chris says. “It was so cold I didn’t think he’d move from the shelter of the rocks.”
Now, it was time for Cat Man Chris to go into “stealth mode,” observing quietly after placing a tin of food into a hole in the rocks. As he waited, he also played the sounds of meowing kittens from YouTube.
“Finally, she appeared and started eating, and I was able to grab her by hand and get her in a carrier!” Chris said.
Emmy Warms Up Quickly to Cat Man Chris and Rescuers
Soon after, Chris had a very scared Emmy safely in a crate. To help calm her, he talked to her soothingly. Next, it was time for Emmy to meet her foster family, where she would soon become best pals with Ginny.
“Nadija was pretty sure she got dumped since we never saw any other cats, and it was such an odd place for a kitten to be,” Chris said.
Once in her foster home, Emmy warmed up quickly, leaving behind the trauma of her ordeal under the bridge.
“Emmy soon got friendly when she had food and was in a nice warm home,” Chris said. “It took her a couple of days of sleeping, eating, using the litter box and then sleeping again to recover a bit and start showing interest in her toys!”
Emmy became very chatty and “super sweet,’ Tiny Paws Fosters said. In another Instagram post, they described her as a “sweetheart” who “loves snuggling, meows for attention and loves other cats!”
Emmy also “loves to explore and swish her tail around when she’s happy.”
She also enjoyed exploring and playing with her many new toys.
A Forever Home for Ginny & Emmy
Now, Ginny and Emmy are best friends, bonding closely at Tiny Paws Fosters. Cat Man Chris hopes the pair of cuties will find their forever homes together.
“They’re both going to be available for adoption soon, wouldn’t it be AMEOWZING if they were adopted together for the holidays!?”
If you’re interested in adding two adorable muffins to your home, you can apply for adoption here: https://animalluvrs.org/. At the time of this writing, the ridiculously cute Emmy and Ginny are on Petfinder.
Very often, adopting a bonded pair of kittens is easier than caring for one furbaby. That way, they can work out their kitten energy with one another as they share a lifetime of wonderful experiences.