A kitten with a cute little face was left behind in a car engine when someone heard its screams.
Tuxedo kitten born with a bilateral cleft lip
Last month, Ashley Kelley, a volunteer caregiver for Wrenn Rescues (a Southern California-based animal rescue company), was contacted about a small kitten in need of special care. A Good Samaritan found him in an engine compartment when they heard his screams.
When they got the kitten to safety, they noticed something unique about him. The tuxedo was born with a disease known as a bilateral cleft lip, although its roof of the mouth appears to be intact.
The kitten arrived with the umbilical cord still attached and eyes closed. Although he was so small, his will to live was strong from the start. Ashley stepped into action and took him into her care.
She started tube feeding around the clock and provided supportive care to get the little guy back on track. “He initially had a mild upper respiratory infection and needed antibiotics and nebulizer treatment,” said Ashley Love Meow.
The kitten was placed in an incubator with soft blankets and cuddly toys surrounding it. He fell asleep soundly in his warm bed and was so pleased with a full stomach.
The kitten named Odahviing (after a video game character) was a little fighter to be reckoned with. With good food, lots of love and cuddling, he gained weight and strength.
The young tuxedo was quite sophisticated and never shied away from telling his foster mother what he wanted.
At 11 days old, the kitten opened its eyes to see for the first time. He proudly displayed his healthy, chonky belly and absolutely enjoyed being held and loved after every meal.
Once his eyes were fully opened, he checked his surroundings, tried to explore them, and became more curious and active every day.
The little guy reached another milestone when he completed tube feeding after the second week.
“He was able to switch to the longer nipple and syringe combination so I could help him get the milk out. He can’t create suction with his cleft lip,” Ashley told Love Meow.
Not only did he grow in size quickly, but his personality also began to develop. In just three weeks, the kitten was completely out of the hands of its foster mother and transformed into a plump, happy, vocal kitten.
“He’s got a big loud voice, lots of opinions, and a long, firm little body. I can’t wait to see him bloom.”
The cute kitten will thrive with a loving foster family who will meet all of its needs. He insists on having a cuddle session with his people after feeding, soaking up the love and rumbling with his adorable purr.
“He loves stomach massages and kisses and is very pure and sweet,” shared Ashley Love Meow.
Odahviing will be four weeks old and his baby teeth will germinate. He begins to waddle, working to strengthen his leg muscles like he’s ready to take the world by storm.
Once he’s big enough to wean himself, he’ll learn to eat from a dish like a big kitten. His cleft lip won’t be a problem for the little champion.
Odahviing the kitten has grown by leaps and bounds
“He doesn’t need surgery (for his cleft lip). He can eat and drink normally, and his cleft will only be a cosmetic problem.”
The little palm-sized wonder has come a long way!
Cleft lip kittens, then and now
With the help of rescuers and volunteers, the kitten’s future looks bright and he is as happy as possible.
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