Kitten Saved From Cactus Patch, Nursed Back to Health


This little kitty is a trooper who was rescued from a cactus patch by a kind person and eventually nursed back to health. This is his story to recovery:

Kitty’s human wrote via imgur:

This little guy was born in a cactus patch. The mother would not let us get near them. The siblings did not make it, but this baby did and we eventually got him out of there. We had no pictures of him before we took him to the emergency vet because we were sure they’d have to put him to sleep. The next morning we picked him up and he looked 100% better than he did before. We call him Cactus Jack!

He was about 3 weeks old when we saved him, but very skinny. His eyes and nose were completely swollen and crusted shut, and he still had hundreds of cactus needles all over his body (even in his tongue/gums!). The Vet removed what they could, but they were tiny needles that blended in with his fur. I spent hours every morning picking more out of him. He sat patiently for it all, and even started purring. When Jack started opening his eyes, we were pretty sure he’d be completely blind. He was also very weak and malnourished. The veterinarians who saw him all said “You might lose him at any moment.”

Luckily, with some love and care (and lots of medicine).. Jack regained his strength and most of his vision. Jack is basically a normal kitten now. Aside from being skinnier than other kittens and having a bit of visible eye damage in his left eye, you could never tell he spent the first 3 weeks of his life being tortured by cacti. Jack is now 7 weeks old. He loves to cuddle and play with my other cats. He cries if I leave the room for more than a few minutes, and he sleeps curled up with me.

He is also a ham for the camera!

Rescued and safe…

cute kitten rescued from cactus patch

cute kitten rescued from cactus patch

cute kitten rescued from cactus patch

Road to recovery…

cute kitten rescued from cactus patch

cute kitten rescued from cactus patch

Video of Jack:

Photos by whereitsbeautiful via reddit.

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49 Responses to “Kitten Saved From Cactus Patch, Nursed Back to Health”

  1. Cindy says:

    awwwwwww sad story but it turned out great! thank u 4 taking him in & saving his life!! he is adorable!!

  2. monica holley says:

    so glad u were able to save him! I feel for the mama and the babues that didnt make it, tho… But we do have 1 happy ending thank goodness

  3. nina lyn lansa says:

    cute…thank u for saving his life

  4. Laurie says:

    OMG, this is so sweet, you are the nicest person to take the time and save him, he is adorable, God Bless you for your kindness!!

  5. indee says:

    oh my gosh he is so tiny and fragile. God bless you for caring for little CJ. I hope he continues to thrive and grow and you have a long happy life together.

  6. Maremma says:

    I am so sorry you were unable to save Jack’s siblings. I understand that heartache. Thank you for working so hard to save Jack!

  7. Claudia says:

    So cute he is now! God blessed for saved him!

  8. rachel says:

    Good on u for saving this precious being, but what happened to his mama?

  9. rachel says:

    What happened to Mama?

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