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Kitten Who was Found Waddling Alone, Never Gives Up, Now Has a Cat to Show Him the Ropes

Kitten Who was Found Waddling Alone, Never Gives Up, Now Has a Cat to Show Him the Ropes

A kitten who was found waddling alone, never gave up. Now, he has a cat to show him the ropes.

grey kitten tinySandman the kittenCBCR @coastalbendcats

A grey kitten was found in a garage and the sole survivor of his litter. His mother cat never came back for him. He was very tiny, frail, wobbly, and crying for help

Volunteers of Coastal Bend Cat Rescue (CBCR) sprang into action and took the little neonate into their care. Upon arrival, he was covered in fleas and filth and severely underweight.

"He was the size of a one-week-old kitten, even though he was nearly twice that age based on other age markers," Mary Huckabee, a CBCR officer, told Love Meow.

orphaned kittenSandman was found in a garage without a cat momCBCR @coastalbendcats

Dorella, another CBCR officer, took on the little 2-ounce kitten. Despite all the odds against him, she wanted to give him a fighting chance.

"He was dehydrated and his body score was very poor. I didn't think he could survive. We had to bring his body temperature up slowly, meaning hourly feedings of very small increments," Dorella shared with Love Meow.

purrito kitten sandmanHe was the only survivor of his litter and a fighterCBCR @coastalbendcats

"He was a fighter from the moment I got him. He was moving and crying and had the strongest instinct to live."

It took two days of painstaking care to bring the little guy back from the brink, and another two weeks for the kitten to be at his adequate weight.

bottle kitten sandmanCBCR @coastalbendcats

The kitten regained his appetite through round-the-clock feedings, and was eating like a champ. He would grab the bottle with his tiny paws and down it with all his might.

"I named him Sandman because of all the sleep I didn't get caring for him at his critical stage," Dorella said.

snuggly kitten sandmanCBCR @coastalbendcats

Sandman was given a big snuggle toy with a heartbeat to keep him company. He was immediately drawn to it and would cuddle with it after every feeding.

"We often give these snuggle animals to orphaned kittens because the beating heart mimics their mama."

kitten snuggles puppy toySandman adores his snuggle puppyCBCR @coastalbendcats

Once Sandman was strong enough to venture out of his nest to explore and play, he was transferred to a new foster home for socialization with a young resident cat, Taro.

Taro who is a CBCR graduate, welcomed the kitten into his warm abode with open paws and plenty of purrs.

grey kitten sandmanCBCR @coastalbendcats

The friendly resident cat took Sandman under his wing as if he knew just what the little guy needed. "Taro is so patient with him and lets him chomp all over him. They love to cuddle and play," Mary shared.

"He gets to play all day with Taro to learn all the essential kitten skills."

kitten cat friendsSandman and Taro became instant friendsCBCR @coastalbendcats

The palm-sized wonder is growing into a handsome kitty packed with energy and mischief. He is much smaller than Taro but holds his own when he wrestles.

"Sandman seems to think he is the same size as his stand-in brother. He definitely has a big personality."

kitten cat snuggly friendsSandman holds his own when he wrestles with the big kittyCBCR @coastalbendcats

"His current foster carer says: 'Sandman keeps waking me up by nipping my nose. He is not living up to his name (yet)."

Sandman is thriving in foster care with his feline buddy who shows him the ropes and makes him feel loved.

cat kitten best friendsCBCR @coastalbendcats

Share this story with your friends. More on Sandman the kitten and CBCR on Instagram @coastalbendcats and Facebook.

Related story: Man Finds a Kitten Inside a Bus but Doesn't Know the Kitten is About to Change His Life

Original author: Amy Bojo
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