Couple Take iin Small Kitten and See Hiim Grow with the Help of a Cat

Becca and Nathan, a couple who volunteer for Nashville Cat Rescue, were contacted about a pair of kittens needing help.

They were found underneath a house without a mother in sight. The finders took them in and tried to bottle-feed them but soon realized that they needed specialized care.

Phil (grey) and Rory (calico) were rushed to Nashville Cat Rescue to be hand-reared around the clock. At just one week old, Phil, the smaller of the two, had all the odds stacked up against him.

“After a few days with a bottle feeder, Phil was not doing well, and he and Rory were extremely underweight,” Becca and Nathan shared with Love Meow.

Around that time, the couple were fostering a nursing cat (who had been found as a stray) along with her own litter of three. Knowing that Phil had trouble eating and desperately needed nutrition, they wanted to try placing the orphaned kittens with the mom.

“We agree that the best thing to do would be to put Phil and Rory with the mom (named Murph).”

Without hesitation, Murph accepted the two new additions and started caring for them as her own. Rory quickly latched on and nursed away blissfully. Phil was still very weak but so content to have a mother who showered him with licks and warmth. He curled up next to her and fell fast asleep.

The couple began tube-feeding Phil every three hours, treated both for some gut issues, and gave them supportive care.

“After tube-feeding for a week, we managed to get him to eat a little from a bottle. We alternated tube and bottle feeding for another week or so, along with giving him dedicated nursing time with the cat mom.”

Phil relished every one-on-one session with Mama Murph, as he snuggled up a storm and tried to soak up all the love.

“Rory was feisty and fighting for bottles and food. All Phil wanted was warmth and comfort. He would sit and stare at us with his big round eyes. He just wanted to be with us and to be warm.”


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