Sometimes families are made, not born

Karla and BerloizTwo-year-old Karla was part of a large group rescued from Quebec. Upon arrival in Toronto it was discovered that Karla was pregnant. Sadly, despite being rushed to a vet clinic, Karla’s kittens did not survive. She spent some recovery time at the clinic then was moved to a foster home.

Karla had a rough time the first few days in her foster home. She was scared and confused, and she missed her kittens. Everything was strange; but her foster people were patient and kind. After a few litter box accidents, and a couple of days of being reluctant to eat, Karla began to relax and even enjoy pats and cuddles. However, she still spent plenty of time hiding under the bed.

A few days later, as “kitten season” hit with a vengeance, Karla’s foster home took in three orphaned kittens. As with all new arrivals to foster, quarantine had to be maintained. Karla was kept separate from the kittens.

Almost immediately Karla’s foster people noticed a change. She spent less time under the bed. Instead, she spent much of her time parked at the door that led to the kittens, chirping to them. The kittens would come to their side of the door and answer her. It was a long two weeks with Karla doing everything in her power to get through the door!

Finally, the door was opened. Karla marched straight to the kittens and began to bath,  snuggle and “nurse” them, despite not having any milk! Though the kittens needed human help with food, Karla took care of bathing and teaching them how to be proper cats. The kittens helped Karla heal and recover.

But that’s not the end… After a few days Karla actually began producing milk, though only in three of her nipples! The kittens were even fatter and happier.

But that’s not the end… A few days later, TCR received a litter of six orphans kittens. Was Karla up to taking care of them? Although not as enthusiastic as she was about the first three, she agreed to help. So many kittens still needed an awesome human to make sure they were all getting enough to eat, but Karla helped. Even the older kittens helped with bathing!

But even that’s not the end! Eventually Karla started producing even more milk with all of her nipples functioning! Amazing! They may not be related by blood, but this gorgeous bunch has decided to be a family!

Donate5You can help sweet Karla and all her kittens! Karla already has a significant veterinary care bill, and everyone will need their spay/neuter surgery and their  vaccinations. If you would like to donate to Karla and her many foster kittens’ care, please don’t hesitate to donate to the excellent cause today!

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