Kitten the size of a tennis ball has a fierce personality and is determined to survive
Hamish and his litter mates were rescued by the Arlington Welfare League Kitten Academy. While his litter mates weighed well over 1 pound, the little black kitten was only 5 ounces. His chances of survival were slim.
Published on the 12/04/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:26
Ellen Carozza, a Feline Licensed Veterinary Technician, could not understand why the little kitten was so much smaller than his siblings. With further diagnostics, she soon discovered the kitten had a gastro-intestinal infection and slow gut mobility. Due to this, the tiny kitten was put on a critical kitten protocol program.
On the road to recovery
And as he began to receive care, little Hamish started to become a cat again. He began to purr, and even to seek affection from his caretaker.
“He started to head boop, and now he knows I’m his person that cares for him, and he loves to be in my pocket at work or on the couch in the evenings with us watching TV”, Ellen told LoveMeow.
To keep him warm despite his tiny size, Hamish is kept inside an incubator when he naps. Ellen uses a toothbrush to groom him, as this mimics the grooming he would be getting from his mother if he was still in her care.
“Grooming is part of their emotional care, not just their physical needs. Just like a person who doesn’t feel well, getting a bath or a shower is welcoming and feels good. Kittens thrive on comfort and care, and that includes grooming by the person providing care”, Ellen explained.
A bright future ahead
He is being hand-fed around the clock. Thanks to his adapted diet, Hamish is learning to eat well despite his condition, and he has even started to gain weight. In just a week, he doubled in size!
Ellen is confident he will grow to be a strong and confident kitty, and he’s certainly off to a good start!