When kittens under four weeks old are taken in by LCHS it presents a unique challenge. These “bottle babies” must be fed every two to four hours by hand until they are large enough to begin eating solid food.
LCHS takes in hundreds of bottle babies each year. A small army of very special fosters give up a good night’s sleep to help these kittens grow up healthy and strong, but some bottle babies, like Pumpkin, require some extra effort.
Pumpkin was born in October 2017 and when she entered the LCHS foster program, things were already starting to look bad. Everything that can go wrong with one of these delicate babies did go wrong with Pumpkin. From relentless and severe digestion issues to a stubborn case of scabies, this kitten had several brushes with death from the time she was rescued from the FSU campus until she finally stabilized at around three months old. During the entire ordeal, her incredible foster mom was by her side, determined to see her make it.
Today, this sweet kitten is happy and healthy in her forever home. A donation today will help LCHS buy formula, bottles, and medical care for more bottle babies like Pumpkin. If you are feeling particularly generous consider donating your time by becoming an LCHS foster parent.