A rescuer in Brooklyn, NY, saved Marshal, the cutest little ginger kitten found all by his lonesome near a fire station.
Heroic “Cat Wrangler” Heidi rescues kittens and cats from the New York streets to live the “VIP Life” in foster care (Otherwise called Chez Heidi).
She also shares wonderful educational videos about how to practice TNR (trap, neuter, return). Other topics include how to properly bathe a kitten, single kitten syndrome, socializing, and much more. This is really great stuff for anyone interested in getting into the wild world of TNR, which, unfortunately, has tremendous need everywhere.
When she rescues kittens, she also serves a big happy dose of serotonin as only kittens can.
Tiny ‘Marshal’ Found Near Fire Station
Thousands of fans have fallen for little Marshal and helped name the kitten inspired by where people spotted him. He’s the cutest Fire Marshal ever at 3 weeks old, but he needed round-the-clock bottle feeding every 3-4 hours and special attention.
After an adorable warm flea bath in Dawn dish soap, Heidi killed off the remaining fleas with a flea comb, keeping the tiny tot warm with towels and a fleece blanket.
As usual, Heidi shared some really important tips for what to do if you encounter a tiny furbaby like Marshal. Keep in mind that the mom is most likely around, and it’s generally always best to keep her with her baby if possible.
“Marshal was found outside of a fire station by their trash cans, it’s unclear if he was left behind by his mom or by a human but he’s safe with us now,” Heidi said. “If you ever see a kitten Marshals age, always wait and watch before removing them. Only if you have reason to believe the kitten is sick or in danger should they be removed immediately. Otherwise keep an eye out; moms are often nearby just getting food! If 8 hours have gone by and mom has not been seen, then should you remove the kitten and immediately keep them warm and fed, and seek a rescue for assistance.”
After dealing with some heartbreaking setbacks with other rescued kittens, Marshal provided a much-needed wave of serotonin.
Warning: Cuteness levels are off the charts. ⚠️
Marshal Grows – and Grows
It’s hard to believe how fast little Marshal grew, but 10 days into foster care, he’s the feistiest, plump little chonker. He continued serving doses of happiness to thousands as he rapidly grew and grew.
“Sometimes I think maybe someone swapped him in the night with a different kitten because he’s so big now!! From 253 grams to 465 grams he’s getting real close to doubling his weight! Love my chubby baby ❤️”
After a stressful week, Marshal is what we all need on repeat.
“What do we think Marshal’s dreaming about?”
Single Kitten Syndrome
In the blink of an eye, Marshal grew up and bonded with fellow foster baby Penn, who arrived at 5-weeks-old. By pairing Marshal with Penn, both kittens would be much better adjusted and avoid “Single Kitten Syndrome.”
Adopting in Duos
Once again, this is fantastic information and why we encourage everyone to adopt in bonded pairs. That way, the kittens work out all their energy and learn “how to cat”. But importantly, they also learn how to interact with their humans, learning boundaries and that biting isn’t appropriate behavior. It’s a win-win, and the kittens are usually happier with another cat companion.
Thanks to Heidi Wrangles Cats for this important info (and serotonin!). For more of Marshal, and other adorable foster cats and kittens, you can follow and support Heidi on Instagram and Facebook.