Tinsel and Mirepoix are two of thousands of cats and kittens who were struggling to survive outside in the Brooklyn area. Thanks to rescuers and their supporters, these two special kittens beat the odds. Their story has a wonderful ending, but these cats “are both symptoms of the same problem,” the rescuers say – a rampant cat population.
Thankfully, many kind people are helping the rescuers at Flatbush Cats TNR (trap, neuter, return) cat colonies and treat suffering cats. TNR helps prevent unnecessary suffering in many ways. The rescuers are also planning a new affordable spay-neuter veterinary clinic in NYC which will save untold thousands of lives.
You can watch a video of these rescues at the end by Flatbush Cats.
Tinsel Was Crying for Help
Rescuers from Flatbush Cats found Tinsel, a cute white and grey fluffy kitten, because he was crying with all his might for help. Otherwise, it would have been difficult to spot him hiding underneath enormous shipping containers. When Tinsel came out for food, they saw he had a head tilt, often a sign of a severe ear infection. The discomfort and pain continue without veterinary care, and the infection can spread.
Pretty Tinsel was “turning heads” at the rescue, and thanks to donations, they got him treatment for a middle ear infection. He quickly adjusted to life as a foster kitten, playing as he recovered.
Mirepoix a Tripod Kitty
At a separate colony, the rescuers found an adorable tripod tabby. He was hard to miss at the location as they were doing TNR (trap, neuter, return) for many cats at the urban location.
Mirepoix was shy but friendly, wanting to be petted. But he was trying to survive walking on three legs due to an old leg injury. People living in the area were trying to help him for some time, judging by his friendly behavior.
“It’s clear he’s had more exposure to people than the other cats here,” the rescuers said.
Neighbors think an animal injured the kitten, taking his right paw and much of his leg in a fight.
“He must have been tough to survive,” they said. “What matters now is the he’s save indoors where he can get all the love, attention, and medical care every cat deserves.”
After examination, Mirepoix needed his whole leg amputated by a specialty surgeon to avoid injury and further infection. The energetic baby bounced back from surgery too and could enjoy life as a playful, pampered house cat.
Tinsel Meets Mirepoix
Playful kittens need an outlet for all that energy and learn “how to cat” from each other. So Flatbush Cats introduced Tinsel to Mirepoix, and then let the games begin! Soon, they were best buddies and loved playing together. While playing, they learn about boundaries and become better-adjusted companions for people and other pets. That’s why adopting in bonded duos is generally ideal.
Flatbush Cats thanked their supporters who gave donations to help save Tinsel and Mirepoix.
“No more looking for help or the next meal. No more hoping someone would come along and change their life, because you did,” Flatbush Cats said of their kind supporters.
“You helped give them the medical care they need and the love they deserve. You made their happy life together possible. Thank you.”
Video by Flatbush Cats: