Tony the Runt of a Rescue Litter Perseveres

After rescuing four small stray kittens without their mother, a fifth, much smaller kitten was found. “On Auguest 8th, 2012, he came to join his siblings. He had a very rough start, but persevered, and is currently doing well,” said Robyn Anderson.

cute rescue black kitten runtThey named him Tony (Rocky Horror) “He is teeny tiny, the runt of the litter.” He went through some ups and downs. One time “We truly thought he had passed away. Fred picked him up, and then Tony’s mouth opened. I wrapped him in a warm blanket, and brought him downstairs, where I sat on the couch with him. He was so cold and still and barely breathing, that we both believed it was only going to be a matter of time. We discussed what to do and decided to try to get some fluids into him. I didn’t think it would do any good, but it was certainly worth a try. So I syringed some Pediasorb into his mouth, which he swallowed. And then I syringed some more in, and he swallowed it. I held him on a warming pad on my lap, and at one point he cried out and arched his back and I didn’t think it would be long. I think it was about an hour and a half after we found him that all of a sudden he rolled onto his stomach and looked up at me and said ‘What?’,” wrote Robyn on her blog.

“When we found him Friday morning, I would have said there was no chance that he was going to make it…. Not only has he started eating like it’s going out of style, but yesterday he started PLAYING, and I only wish I had taken the camera upstairs with me when I went up to offer them some wet food at noon. After he ate (and ate and ate and ate), Tony (Rocky Horror) Pickle walked around and batted at toys, and then he play-fought with Polly and with Joe, and in both cases the bigger kittens were fairly gentle with him, but when he thought they were getting the better of him, he growled and yowled, and Polly and Joe backed right off. Oh, he is going to be a force to be reckoned with.”

“He’s up over a pound now…. He’s playful, he loves snuggling up with (and beating up on) his siblings, he’s using the litter box faithfully, and last night? Perfect poop. He earned the Gold, Silver AND Bronze medals. From half-dead to the poopin’ champ of the world in 10 short days! Now that, my friends, is a success story,” Robyn added on her blog.

Tony had a rough start, but persevered and now thriving!

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He takes play time very seriously!

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Eating with his siblings. He’s the runt of the litter.

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Snuggle time!

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They were rescued by Challenger’s House in Toney, Alabama. More updates at Love and Hisses.

Photos courtesy of Robyn Anderson (flickr: RobynAnderson).

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16 Responses to “Tony the Runt of a Rescue Litter Perseveres”

  1. Deb says:

    Awwwwww – makes my heart warm and fuzzy! Please keep us updated. Thank you so very much for taking such great care of the liddle kittehs! Enjoy!

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  3. siew eng says:

    his siblings are so pretty and he’s the proverbial ugly duckling that will grow into a swan. what a happy story.

  4. Mel says:

    Go Tony! What a fighter!!

  5. Enchntress says:

    Beautiful kittens!! Makes me want another – like a black ‘runt’ of the litter. :)

    Kudos to you all who took such great care in nursing him back to health!! There is a special place in heaven for those of us who will do anything for an animal in need. <3

  6. Jenny says:

    Poopin’ Champion of the World! There is probabaly something a little wrong with us that I knew EXACTLY what you meant by this! I went and high-fived each member of one of my litters of five yesterday after they all had solid poops after 2 weeks of nasty diarrhea. I would have also tossed confetti if wouldn’t have been the one cleaning it up…I’ve had quite enough of cleaning up…

  7. Shelly Lyon says:

    So inspiring! What a little bundle of love.

  8. carole says:

    it just goes to show with love anything is possible.thank you for giving that love.

  9. pumbie says:

    Bravo for Tony: beautiful story of perseverance!

  10. Jennifer says:

    He’s such a little fighter! What a cutie!

  11. millieJo says:

    So tiny. Great job in saving him. What big hearts you have.

  12. Janet says:

    What a beautiful story and kitty family. As someone speaking from experience, runt’s always turn out to be the best little friends! He’s going to be a beautiful adult kitty and black kitties tend to be fearless! (I have one, I should know. :) )

    So happy he’s thriving and happy. Y’all are just wonderful and blessed!

  13. JR says:

    Tony is adorable. He is thriving because of the love he is receiving.

  14. Claudia says:

    I´m glad to know this! So cute.

  15. Anna says:

    Would love to see more pics as he grows :)

  16. Vartra says:

    There is muc love in a runt, my own baby boy Freckle was the runt of his litter and I could have no better friend than he. I am sure this little treasure will prove the same in his forever home.

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