A couple worked side by side to change the life of a four-day-old kitten after they rescued him as an orphan.
Roscoe the kitten Nikki @myfosterkittens
Roscoe the kitten was a palm-sized newborn with no mother or siblings when he was taken to a municipal shelter in Las Vegas.
As a small newborn in the shelter, he was vulnerable and had great opportunities. His eyes were still closed and ears folded. He urgently needed 24-hour care and special formula feeding.
Nikki Martinez , an animal rescuer and foster carer, learned about his plight and came to the rescue. She went to collect the kitten from the shelter and gave him a fresh start in a comfortable home.
He was rescued as a little orphan Nikki @myfosterkittens
“He was so little when he was four days old. I’m always worried about newborn, motherless newborns. They have such an uphill battle without a mom,” Nikki told Love Meow.
Nikki treated the kitten immediately, keeping him warm with a heated bed as Roscoe couldn’t regulate his body temperature yet. She filled his belly with kitten food and let him rest in a cozy incubator. The little one slept soundly that night.
Roscoe fell asleep in his cozy warm bed Nikki @myfosterkittens
Nikki and her husband, who goes by Foster Papi, as a team have rescued countless cats and kittens in need. With Roscoe, there was no exception. They took turns feeding and grooming the kitten every few hours.
After many sleepless nights, it started to look like this for Roscoe. “Once he started gaining weight, I became more confident that it would be okay,” Nikki told Love Meow.
One week old Roscoe kept his foster parents very busy with round the clock feedings Nikki @myfosterkittens
“We were tired of feedings every two hours around the clock. Foster Papi said he had never felt jet lag without ever leaving the same time zone. But Roscoe is well worth it.”
When he was about 10 days old, Roscoe first opened his eyes to see and immediately cried for food and attention.
He opened his eyes and immediately cried for food and attention Nikki @myfosterkittens
Nikki and her husband kept up with the demanding feeding schedule to ensure Roscoe was in top shape and constantly loved.
Once the kitten felt some pep under his paws, he began to waddle after eating, trying to find his paws. As soon as he was placed back in his comfortable nest, he fell asleep right away.
Roscoe started learning to use his feet Nikki @myfosterkittens
When Roscoe was about three weeks old, he graduated from getting a syringe to an actual baby bottle.
“I prefer to start newborns with a syringe so you can see exactly how much food they can take in at each feeding. He tossed 20ml with each feeding, so we were ready to go up to the size with a baby.” go. bottle.”
Roscoe snuggles up to his faux mama (a stuffed animal with a heartbeat) after the meal and dozes off to the sound of the heartbeat.
With the help of his devoted foster parents, he now has a big belly to show off.
He snuggled up to his faux mama after a hearty meal Nikki @myfosterkittens
His ears are open and he can now hear his people coming into the room and will greet them with his beeping meows.
The miracle of a pint has grown into a fat ball of fluff thanks to the second chance. At almost four weeks old, Roscoe is ready to take on the world with his charm and cuteness.