A kitten starts to regrow its fur and look like a cat again after being found in a huge storm
A kitten has started to grow its fur back and look like a cat again after being found in a huge storm.
Earlier this year, Best Friends Felines (in Brisbane) was contacted about a litter of kittens in desperate need of help.
“These kittens, less than a week old, were found in a well-known cat colony in the middle of a big storm and the area started to flood,” Nikki from Best Friends Felines told Love Meow.
There was no sign of the mother and the kittens were cold and hungry. The Best Friends Felines team member got the call and sprang into action.
“Since the kittens were more than an hour away from our nearest feeder, we teamed up with him in the frightful weather to get them to safety.”
After a long ordeal, the litter of kittens settled into a foster home, where they were fed and kept warm. For the first time in their lives, they didn’t have to worry about food and shelter.
About two weeks later, Kate, the foster volunteer, noticed that one of the kittens, Coyote, was shedding much of his fur. His tuxedo coat eventually shrunk to a very thin layer, where his skin was visible on his back, belly, and head.
Coyote was the only kitten to suffer noticeable hair loss, but he was otherwise perfectly healthy. He continued to eat, wrestle and run faster than his siblings.
“It’s most likely a loss of nutrients, due to a rough start in life with the mother not having much good food or enough food to support the babies,” Nikki told Love Meow.
Despite being the smallest and least fluffy of the kittens, Coyote left no stone unturned and turned out to be the most feisty ball of energy.
“From the day he was picked up, Coyote has always been super bold and a little mischievous. Hand-raised babies are often like this, having been imprinted by humans, and Coyote was no exception, with confidence in spades and a personality to boot.”
As soon as the kittens were cared for, they decided to venture into every nook and cranny they could poke around. Coyote was bursting with personality and constantly kept his siblings on their toes.
“He loved to fight and pounce on his siblings, even though he wasn’t very good at it – we think he thinks he’s at least six feet tall in his head.”
Around five weeks old, Coyote’s fur began to grow back.
“Several weeks later, he finally had a decent blanket that made him look like a real kitten again,” Nikki told Love Meow.
“While the other kittens decided to focus on running at high speeds and wrestling in the air, Coyote specialized in little bounces and growing his glorious locks,” shared Kate, the adoptive mom.
Coyote was the runt of the litter, but the fiercest and most cuddly of all.
“He loves his humans and when he gets tired of trying to find toes to nibble on, he always crawls into someone’s lap for a nap.”
After a rough start and weeks in foster care, Coyote was finally big enough to find a place of his own.
“He was quickly adopted as soon as his profile was posted, and once his veterinary work was done, he joined his forever family. Just like all his siblings,” Nikki told Love Meow.
Coyote is having the time of his life with his humans for life and continues to live each day to the fullest.