SHE KNEW HE NEEDED INTENSIVE CARE, SO SHE DID HER BEST TO KEEP HIM ALIVE, SENDING HER SON TO GET KITTEN FORMULA WHILE WAITING FOR HELP TO ARRIVE!
Earlier this month, an elderly Las Vegas lady was in her front yard when she found a newborn kitten. Looking around for the mother and all the siblings, she found another kitten who had unfortunately already died. Mom was nowhere to be found!
Having a colony of trapped and neutered cats living nearby, the woman knew that this baby needed intensive care and needed it immediately, so she asked for help.
When Nikki Martinez, an experienced foster mother and TNR rescuer, heard about the fate of the tiny kittens, she immediately stepped in to help. The same day, baby Rocky arrived at his new home.
Luckily, the kind woman who found Rocky had started feeding her kitten formula, which gave her a chance to survive. Nikki began to take care of the little feline day and night hoping that she would survive the first night.
Nikki needed to get up every two hours that night, which she had to do for the rest of the week.
The good news was that even though Rocky was tiny, his appetite was huge.
But there was still such a long way to go.
SHE GRADUALLY BEGAN TO SHOW SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT.
«Baby Rocky doesn’t like to have her picture taken, but she’s active and growing,» Nikki said.
By the time Rocky was a week old, she was thriving and gaining weight at a fast pace!
«She has such a good appetite and is growing. And you know what else? I wake up every 3 hours now instead of 2,» Nikki said.
By the age of three weeks, Rocky was growing rapidly, and a few days later she had moved from her nest to a park for her own park.
«I am so happy that she is alive and thriving after being born on the street to a wild mother.»
Rocky quickly learned at mealtime that if she didn’t swallow all her time of milk at once, she could stretch it while snacking, which lengthened her time with her humans.
«Baby Rocky is a total diva. She likes to snack on what’s really cool about her 2 a.m. diet when she eats at 2 a.m. and then takes a break, then again at 2:05 a.m. and again at 2:10 a.m.,» Nikki said.
It was around this time that Nikki’s husband went for surgery to save lives. Nikki was grateful to have Rocky by her side at such a heartbreaking time.
Fortunately, the operation was a great success. And when his adoptive father came home, the first thing he wanted to do was feed Rocky. Needless to say, she was on the moon and missed it.
By the age of five, it was clear that Rocky wasn’t going to give up the bottle without a fight. All attempts at soft food were firmly rejected.
«She doesn’t want to have anything to do with solid food. She’s all about this playing time and she’s on the go! »
She was happy to have her adoptive father at home and followed him like a faithful puppy.
Then finally it happened, Rocky decided to eat like a big kitten.
It also quickly became apparent that since Rocky was alone, she was also developing a case of single kitten syndrome. Now that she was eating soft food, her diva personality was gaining prominence.
Especially when the other cats and kittens were approaching for a meal.
For this reason, Nikki hoped to find a forever home with a family that understands the reasons for her behavior, giving her the support she needs.
And fortunately, that’s exactly what happened. In a few weeks, Rocky will begin the next stage of his life with his own family.
«She is precious and has truly been a gift to my husband and me.»
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