On April 3, 2020 we accepted the challenge of raising two orphaned kittens. They were only a few days old when their mother died, so their eyes were closed and their umbilical cords were still attached.
We named the black one Bug because he has a white patch in the shape of a heart on his chest, and he’s a little lovebug. He only weighed 77 grams when we got him, but now he’s huge!
The marble tabby is named Kaha, which means ‘strong’ in Māori. When we got him he weighed 113 grams and was the most likely to succeed.
All was well for a few weeks, then something happened: Kaha stopped eating. He was sent to a vet in Split where he tested negative for FPLV: bloodwork showed instead that he was fighting some kind of infection. Unfortunately, he didn’t respond to treatment and died at just four weeks of age. So sad . . .
Feeding Bug, 26 April 2020
Bug and Kaha, 12 April 2020
We’re devastated by Kaha’s death, but in his memory, we’re naming our kitten fostering work Kaha Kittens.
Fostering newborn kittens is a challenge to say the least, but it feels so amazing when you’re able to save their lives and help them grow into strong, healthy cats. If you’d like to get involved, contact us.
If you can’t get involved personally but would like to support us, please consider making a donation. We rely on your generosity to pay for veterinary care and to buy whatever supplies are needed.
Kaha’s grave, 30 April 2020