Imagine finding a kitten not much larger than a PENNY. That is exactly what happened when this wee kitten was found, weighing in at only 40g. The person who found it said she couldn’t believe something so tiny could be alive, and took photos to show her vet because she was too scared to move the kitten around.
The vet told her not to get her hopes up, as they’d never seen a kitten that small before. She had to come to terms with the fact that the kitten probably wouldn’t make it, but decided to give it her best shot, and good thing she did!
She named the kitten Titan, so that he could live or die as a Titan. She and her boyfriend then took shifts feeding the kitten every hour, stimulating his bowels and making sure he stayed comfortable. At this point, the kitten never made any noise and could barely move around.
In fact, once when the kitten tried to move, he dislocated his two front legs! The girl who found him wondered if she wasn’t doing the right thing by trying to keep him alive.
She was confused at first because she didn’t know if the kitten was dying or meowing in pain as he’d never made a sound before. It turns out that he was simply hungry! When she started to syringe feed him formula, he started howling for more. 🙂 He grabbed the syringe with both of his teeny tiny feet and ate with more enthusiasm that she’d ever seen.
After that moment, she said he meowed for food every moment that he was awake. Gosh. Look at his sweet face!
They spent the next two weeks barely sleeping and often forgetting to eat just to make sure this sweet guy was taken care of, and to give him the very best chance of surviving.
Around this time, they finally realized that Titan was actually a little lady! When she opened her eyes, it was the most amazing feeling. She was still very underweight and underdeveloped, but was so full of life and always wanting food and attention.
Around six weeks old, she started to look almost normal, and was able to move around much more freely and even started to play with toys!
…but at seven weeks old, Titan had a seizure.
She consistently started to lose weight and wasn’t eating much any more, so they had to start force feeding her again. She spent most of her days sleeping. They took her to the vet again and discovered that she was anaemic – so they weren’t able to do many tests as it would overwork her tiny system.
They continued to do the best they could to keep her comfortable and well fed.
…and now, at 15 weeks old – Titan is a rambunctious kitten! 🙂
They experienced hard weeks where everything was incredibly touch and go, but Titan pulled through. She will still need more tests and they will need to continue monitoring her health, but the important thing is that she is so much more healthy and happy, and beat all of the odds!
Her owners think she has so much energy these days that it is almost annoying, but it is so worth it since they never thought that they’d wake up to having that tiny half-dead kitten biting their noses in the morning.