Apple and Blackberry, Newborn Kitten Siblings; A Rescue That Almost Never Happened
Animal rescuers get a stomach punch when they witness potato-shaped, fluffy kittens or mounds of newborn infants. And it’s each and every one of their makeovers and motivating spirits that keeps those committed people scrolling through their social media accounts.
So Apple and Blackberry decided to share their heartbreaking AND perfectly preventable story in the most beautiful way imaginable.
These two were born in Lake Worth, Florida, to a feral mother. They were, however, the only two kittens from a litter of seven that are currently living on the streets.
Those streets are being monitored by one lady, who will almost certainly never stop reading through her social media posts in order to save cats. Carmen Morales Weinberg is the creator of the Delray Beach-based Animal Friends Project, Inc. Her heart sank when she saw a Facebook post late on the evening of August 25th.
A clump of newborn kittens in a transparent tub was the subject of the photograph. While the finders had the greatest of intentions, their lack of expertise was going to prove disastrous for the delicate litter.
The mother cat’s whereabouts when the kittens were discovered is unknown, however she was most likely startled and fled. Cats that have not been changed can start reproducing as early as 4-5 months of age. Having kids is probably the scariest thing I can imagine a baby going through.
A couple of the kittens had become tangled in the umbilical cords when this family was discovered. Worse, one of them had a rear limb that was nearly severed at the foot!
The first thing that many people are unaware of is this. If you come across a litter of newborn kittens, DO NOT TAKE THEM AWAY RIGHT AWAY. Unless there is a clear evidence of harm, medical assistance is required, or they are in a dangerous situation.
Ideally, the mother was shocked by the presence of people and fled. She may have already separated the family by taking a kitten or kittens with her. When the coast is clear, she will return and relocate the remaining kittens.
She attempted to obtain the original poster as soon as she awoke the next morning. Everything was quiet until around 12:30 p.m., when they finally responded. However, the care the newborns were getting did not provide any piece of mind.
Fortunately, once Carmen told them of their nutritional needs, they agreed that it was best to change the plan. The injured kitten would undoubtedly require medical treatment and would accompany the rescue team.
The others, on the other hand, needed to be back with Mom as soon as possible so that the entire family could be addressed. Carmen fed the infants their formula before doing anything, knowing that it would take time. It is necessary for newborns to feed every 2-3 hours!
She administered a Convenia injection to kitten and demonstrated how to care for her wounded foot. She stated there was a slim chance the kitten would survive, but she was prepared to give it a go if I would take care of it. I concurred. She asked if I could check on the other kittens to see if any of them were hurt.
When Carmen returned to the house, she discovered that the homeowners had kept two of the kittens inside. Even though there was nothing wrong with them, she went back to the vet with them just to be sure.
She stated that one of the babies developed an infection in his umbilical cord. She also looked after him and instructed me to look after them. The mom had transferred the other kittens by that time, so I was stuck with the three siblings. The other two were given the names Apple and Blackberry. I treated Blackberry for the illness, and he now appears to be in good health.
While Carmen fosters them, the huge bellies of adorable daughter Apple and sweet Blackberry flood Carmen’s social media accounts.
Even though it’s only been a few weeks, you can already notice how quickly kittens develop. Their little blue peepers popped out at the two-week mark, allowing them to view the world for the first time.