An orange kitten that looked like a well-worn velveteen stuffed animal, or Daniel Striped Tiger from Mr. Roger’s, survived after wandering into a fire pit. Rescuers called him Arson, but online, people demanded he was more of a little Phoenix, emerging from the flames relatively unscathed.
While the kitten’s fur was singed across his body, and his paw pads and nose were blistered, he was otherwise remarkably fine and downright adorable. Thank goodness his eyes avoided damage too!
“Everyone, meet Arson. If you’re wondering why he looks a bit like a worn and possibly melted teddy bear, it’s because he was rescued from a fire pit. His fur is singed all over, he has some blisters on his paw pads and nose, and he is dehydrated, but he’s otherwise in fairly good shape,” shared Miss Dixie’s Kitten Rescue.
After walking through the fire, the kitten survived and loudly cried for help, and he thankfully got it that day. Everyone who saw him online also fell in love and wanted to help him.
“He is a tiny boy, just under one pound. He’s very affectionate, LOUD, and very cute. We are getting him medical care and working on his appetite,” they said.
Check Wood Piles and Fire Pits for Kittens
We frequently remind people to tap their car hoods and honk the horn to check for hiding kittens, but a fire pit? Well, before lighting that fire, take a look because you never know where animals will hide. Kitten season is lasting longer these days, so it doesn’t hurt to check at any time of year.
“You never know what kitten season will bring. This is a good PSA to always check wood piles and fire pits that have been sitting for kittens or other small creatures before lighting them,” Miss Dixie’s Kitten Rescue shared.
How Did He Get in That Fire Pit?
It’s a mystery how Arson got in that fire pit in South Carolina, but it evidently wasn’t deliberate. Kittens born outdoors have a way of finding trouble, falling into open pipes, getting stuck in walls, or even getting into vending machines.
Online, Arson’s story touched thousands, and one person said they, too, had saved animals from a fire pit.
“This is an important reminder. A mama bunny raised her kits in our fire pit last year. Thankfully, we found them before anything happened,” said Anna.
Online, many people chimed in, insisting on changing the kitten’s name. As rescuers know, kittens generally get new names when they’re adopted anyway, so no worries! What matters is this little guy fully recovered from a fire and started a new life thanks to these kind rescuers and their generous supporters.
Flying Away with a New Furriend
After a couple of couple months of recovering with the rescuers, the kitten’s fur grew in like new. He became the prettiest ginger boy and you’d never suspect he once emerged from a fire pit!
We’re delighted to see that he went home with a black cat named Jonas, and they’ll be together forever. Congratulations!
“We’ve had quite a few babies go to their forever homes in the last two weekends. We’re so happy for our sweet kittens and the amazing families they have found,” the rescue shared.
You can follow Miss Dixie’s Kitten Rescue on Facebook and Instagram. Something seems awfully familiar about the furtastic kitten color combo here…😍🖤🧡