Originally Posted by Braineack
Sorry, I got busy and keep putting this off.
I'm going to condense this story a bit.
One night, I stepped outside my front door and nearly on to a kitten.
The mother came up to the door and just plopped it out onto the concrete.
I found her all freaked out hiding under some bushes, and she wanted nothing to do with the kitten.
I took the kitten inside and cleaned it up and got it warm. After a while I got the mom to finally start licking it and, she let it nurse for the first time.
Thinking she was going to start doing her job, I went back to bed.
The next morning, I went out to check on the little girl and found her dead and cold.
I have a policy with kittens though that they are not dead until they are warm and dead.
I warmed her up under the water faucet and tried some compressions.
It worked! She started weekly stirring after a few minutes.
I tried to bottle feed her, but she wasn't having it.
My only option was to try to get the mom to let it nurse again.
Fortunately, the cat likes belly rubs, and I was able to buy the kitten enough time to nurse periodically throughout the day.
I put out one of those round Cat boxes next to the door, and she stayed in it with the kitten for several days.
Then one day the kitten was gone and I could not find it anywhere even though the mother never left.
For a little over a week, I thought the kitten was dead.
Then a few days ago I found this little guy roaming around.
Thinking it was my long-lost kitty, I took it inside for a while.
Here's the plot twist.
I took my long-lost kitty back outside only to find my actual long lost Kitty.
To my surprise, there was one more kitten accompanying it.
As it turns out, a completely different cat, that I had no idea had a small litter of her own, adopted the other kitten.
I have seen this happen before, but never when the kitten is significantly younger than the adoptive litter, and certainly not when the other mother is still present.