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Tiny rescued kitten grows back her fluffy fur coat

Kai, the rescued kitten grows back her fur coat cat-wow
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A small, 3 week-old kitten was discovered abandoned, covered in dirt. When she was rescued, no one even expected her to survive, let alone make an amazing recovery and for her fur coat to grow back.

By Dawn Parrish

Published on the 16/03/2019, 17:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:51

When a cat lover recently made an alarming discovery of a litter of tiny kittens in his back yard, he knew there wasn’t much hope for their recovery. They were in a very poor condition when he delivered them to the animal shelter and sadly, only one survived.

Tiny black kitten is a survivor

The only surviving rescued kitten was very weak, and had a distressing case of ringworm. Staff shampooed her and gave her medication, but to no avail. Her skin was covered in dry flakes and with only a few tufts of hair, and being very thin, she really was in a poor state. Ellen, a volunteer at the Hearts Alive Village Rescue Centre, offered to care for the tiny kitten but she was worried she wouldn’t last through her first night.

The road to recovery for the tiny rescued kitten, isn’t an easy one

Kai, as Ellen named the kitten, did actually pull through her first evening but she certainly needed special care and attention. The baby kitty was syringe fed at first and given further medication for her ringworm. As the days passed, Kai improved, as her energy levels increased. She still needed lots of medication and frequent baths, which she actually detested.

Rescued kitten grows back her gorgeous, fluffy fur coat

Yet after 10 weeks, when the rescued kitten was back to full health, Ellen was amazed to see a beautiful black tabby cat emerge, instead of a scrawny kitten with ringworm. The kitten wasn’t too happy to interact during playtimes at first, as she thought anyone touching her was sure to dunk her in a bath of medicated shampoo. However, as time passed, Kai, the rescued kitten, gradually became used to being handled. She loved nothing more than being cuddled and her shiny fur to be petted and stroked.

The homeless rescued kitten is adopted

The female cat now looked stunning, when she had grown back her fur. The shelter placed an appeal to find a new owner for Kai. An interested adopter came forward, a lady who already had other pets, and children too. It didn’t seem to matter that Kai had suffered from ringworm. Her new owner instantly fell in love with the cute kitty and she couldn’t wait to take her home to meet her other cat.

Flicka, as the tiny, rescued kitten has now been renamed, because she constantly flicks her tail with happiness, is happily ensconced in her new home, enjoying being the centre of attention!


Thank you @lovemeowsite for showcasing Kai’s recovery and triumphant survival ?❣️ It was a labor of love ❤️ Thank you to...

Posted by Foster Kitten Tails on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Yep Kai again... trying to catch up on all the great pics I took of this ??? look how beautiful she looks after just a few weeks of shampooing for #ringworm Swipe ⬅️ #kai_heavenlyswordkitten

Posted by Foster Kitten Tails on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Kai..3 weeks into her #ringworm treatments. Her hair is growing back with white tips. She would start to learn to try to “love bite” my hands, because I was shampooing her, which she hated ? i’d have to hold her still, but all she wanted to do was run and run. This little girl had the biggest personality I’ve seen in a long time ? in the littlest body ?#kai_heavenlyswordkitten

Posted by Foster Kitten Tails on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Kai...just a week after having her in my care? She wanted only to be a normal kitten, playing with toys and being...

Posted by Foster Kitten Tails on Tuesday, March 12, 2019