Basset Hound Nurses Kittens

cute basset hound dog nursing kitten

photo: David Hallett

Elizabeth May, a veterinary nurse from New Zealand brought home a litter of eight-day-old kittens, intending to bottle feed them around the clock. May is an animal lover who has three cats, three dogs, a bird and two fish tanks.

On the second day when she was bottle feeding the kittens, she noticed that her basset hound, Jezebelle, was taking interest in the kittens. Not sure of her intension, May was initially worried about the kittens until Jezebelle rolled around into a submissive position and allowed the kittens to suckle her.

cute dog and kitten pic

Photo: David Hallett

“She started licking them and I noticed that one of them actually latched on and I figured out she had milk.” However, Jezebelle has never had any puppies nor has she been mated.

May mentioned that Jezebelle was “really soft-natured and very maternal” toward the kittens. “She cleans them and is protective. I had the bird out the other day and he landed among them and she just about ate him. Jezebelle’s not interested in letting anyone else near them.”

cute kitten basset hound dog adopts kittens pic

photo: David Hallett

cute basset hound dog nurses kittens pic

photo: David Hallett

(Note: a female dog can produce milk without being pregnant. Sometimes it’s due to a false pregnancy where the dog’s body thinks she’s pregnant.)


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7 Responses to “Basset Hound Nurses Kittens”

  1. Old Kitty says:

    This is so, so, so sweet! Awwwwww. The kitties are so tiny and Jezebelle is just amazing. Great stuff.

    Take care

  2. Noddy says:

    Awwww! Kitties are wonderful, but dogs are pretty durned wonderful, too! I love Jezebelle! :-)

  3. Wow! I had no idea a dog could produce milk without being pregnant or having puppies. That is so cool.

  4. Sniffie says:

    That's pawsome!
    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

  5. D'Maris says:

    i love this it is so cute

  6. JenP says:

    Jezebelle is a hero! Go mama dog!

  7. beckyl says:

    this remains one of my very favorite stories. it's so touching that jezebelle's maternal instinct was so strong for these kitties that she produced milk!

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