The orphan kitty was brought into an animal shelter within hours of being conceived. She was cold to the touch. Chris, a feline rescuer situated in Los Angeles, promptly put her onto a warming cushion to heat up. After around 10 minutes, the little cat gradually returned to life.
Realizing that a singleton this age wouldn't endure the night without foster care, Chris connected with Hannah Shaw (kitten lady), founder of Orphan Kitten Club, and inquired as to whether she could help.
Hannah and her rescue companion, Sonja Lueschen, squandered no time, bounced into her vehicle and were headed toward Los Angeles to get the little cat. Once she got the kitten from Chris, Hannah placed her on a heat source and slowly fed the feline baby, one drop at a time.
"These little ones can't regulate their own body temperature. At this age, they have no gag reflex. They're blind and they can't hear anything. The only thing that a kitten this age can do is move towards heat," Hannah said via YouTube.
After cleaning and tidying her up with delicate wipes, she was put in an incubator and fed each 1.5 hours overnight. They named her Rosalita.
Rosalita endured her first and most sensitive night of life, yet she attempted to eat. At only 82 grams, the calico required more help to get the supplements imperative for her survival. "She dropped four grams overnight and I started her on tube feeding (a skill that an experienced caregiver, tech, or vet can show you)," Hannah said.
Throughout the following 24 hours, the little cat was on a 2-hour feeding plan of diluted formula. With relentless additions, Rosalita was in the groove again with weight and improvement and even figured out how to suckle without anyone else's input.
"To be an orphan is to be completely dependent on the kindness of a human hand. So many babies just like Rosalita, land in shelters, and without a foster parent to bring them home, are euthanized before the day ends," Hannah added. "If you find a kitten outside, please do everything you can to find the mom - and to TNR (trap-neuter-return) the cats in the area."
"Neonatal orphans are the most at-risk feline population in shelters because of the care they require; they aren't hopeless, but their hope is entirely contingent upon the willingness of the community to quickly step in and be their surrogate," Hannah said.
"I believe this is a crisis that can be solved if enough people realize that their compassion is needed and that they have what it takes."
0 days old versus 10 days old
Only a couple of days back, the calico young lady came to one more achievement when she opened her eyes out of the blue.
Rosalita, presently at about fourteen days old, is thick with a kissable round belly and likes to flaunt her pink toe beans and perfect tricolored face.
The little cat, who was discovered cold and grimy, is presently accepting the world. "I'm so excited to watch her bloom."