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Kisses and cuddles saved this sick little kitten who was just in need of love

Grey kitten having cuddles cat-happy
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A stray little kitten wasn't in great shape when she was rescued. The tiny little scrap of life was barely hanging on. But cuddles proved to be the best medicine.

By Zoe Monk

Published on the 29/12/2019, 11:00

This little kitten’s story starts when she was found as a stray and brought to Shuswap Paws Rescue Society.

Barbara Gosselin, founder of the cat rescue, soon realised that the kitten needed urgent medical attention. Her health had quickly deteriorated so Barbara and her husband Dennis rushed their new feline friend to the vet as soon as possible.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It was discovered that she had a serious case of feline calicivirus, commonly known as cat flu, which is a virus that causes nasal discharge, gingivitis and mouth ulcers.

The little grey kitty, now called Silver, was barely hanging on.

Round the clock care

Dennis and Barbara worked around the clock to nurse Silver, tube-feeding her and giving her vital fluids and supplements to help build up her fragile immune system.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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But while Silver may have got the best medical attention and nursing care from her foster parents, it was cuddling that really helped get the little feline through.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kisses and cuddles

Silver loved nothing more than crawling up onto Dennis or Barbara's lap for cuddles before falling asleep. "She required kisses and cuddles, and would only be calm when she was skin-to-skin, around your neck," Barbara told Love Meow.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple spent a lot of time cuddling the kitten and making sure she always felt safe and loved. The couple would take turns in giving Silver her daily dose of cuddles, while she rubbed her little face against theirs, contently purring away.

"She was hanging in there. We had a lot of sleepless nights but she is so worth it," Barbara said.

Long road to recovery

It was a long and rocky road to recovery for little Silver, but she always perked up after she had a long cuddle session with one of her foster parents. She loved nothing better than to kneed their shoulders or necks while her purring gave away just how happy and content she was.

It did take quite some time for Silver to be able to eat properly again. But once she started to feel better and her mouth was healing, she was back on her paws and made the most of her new-found energy by playing and running around.

Forever home

Once little Silver had recovered and been given a clean bill of health by the vet, she was finally ready to find her forever home. Not surprisingly, it didn't take long for this cute kitty to find a loving home.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Barbara and Dennis sent her off to start her new life with lots of cuddles and kisses.

"We give these kittens all the love to get better than pass them on to amazing families. Then we have room for more to save," Barbara said.

Silver has settled in well to her new family and is no doubt enjoying all the love and affection she's getting.