Update: We are happy to report that they were adopted together to a loving home.
Lida is a rescue cat mama who loves her kitten like no other. She only has one kitten and this makes her baby extra special for her.
A few months ago, Lida a calico kitty was spotted and taken to a local animal control agency as an “unclaimed” pregnant stray cat. She was then rescued and placed in the care of the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center.
“At her first medical exam, it was determined that she had three kittens developing,” said the shelter, but when she began to labor, it was not an easy task for the new cat mama. After trying everything possible to promote contractions with no luck, they decided to take her to veterinary care. “We felt it was in the best interest of mom (who was exhausted at this point) and unborn kittens to be examined immediately. We transported her to the after hours veterinarian who agreed that Lida was unlikely to deliver naturally. We contemplated waiting until the morning to perform a c-section at our veterinarian but the risk was too high,” the shelter wrote.
“After detecting just one heartbeat on ultrasound, we authorized an immediate c-section.” Then the little ginger boy was born and became the only survivor.
Lida hugging her new born baby
It was an immediate plethora of love from Lida to her new born. She started nursing the little guy despite just coming out of the surgery and recovering. She cuddled with her only kitten like her most precious thing. “Everyone caring for these two are just in awe at their bond; Lida has completely redefined ‘devoted mother’ and Thomas is just precious and very much in love with his mother,” said the shelter.
There is not too much time where the two aren’t together. Today baby Thomas is thriving and Lida is improving day by day. Thomas just got fixed today and the first thing he did after the surgery was to snuggle up with his mom in a comfy bed.
Thomas is very attached to Lida
“He is resting on her paw, and she is resting on his paw…they are completely intertwined from nose to tail…”
Photos by Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center.