Male Shelter Cat Takes Over As Mom For Abandoned Kittens

Please don't tell Henry that he's not really the kittens' mother.

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Henry the cat plays Mr. Mom to a litter of abandoned kittens.

It’s still a couple of weeks from Father’s Day, but if anyone deserves a card, it’s Henry. The 8-month-old cat has adopted a litter of six abandoned kittens, doing his big-hearted best to be their new dad — and mom.

The kittens were discovered in a cardboard box on the side of an Alaskan road and were then delivered to the Ketchikan Humane Society where Henry didn’t waste any time adopting them for himself. And according to the Humane Society, Henry could give the 3-week-old kittens a better chance of surviving.

“It’s really kind of cute,” Ketchikan Human Society staffer Heather Muench told KRBD. “The first thing he does is start compulsively licking one. He’ll spend hours in there, licking them, over, repeatedly. I think, ‘Oh my gosh, they’re not going to have any fur left.’”

Muench, who has been keeping Henry and the kittens at her home, says she still has to take them with her during the day so that they can be fed. (Henry’s good at playing mom, but he can’t do everything.)

“When they came home, he was like, ‘Get them out of the carrying case. Put my babies back!’” Muench told KRBD.

Henry snuggles with his "kids." (Photo: Facebook/Ketchikan Humane Society

Henry snuggles with his “kids.” Via Ketchikan Humane Society/Facebook

The Humane Society has been sharing Henry’s story on its Facebook page, including the news that his babies now have names. The six kittens have been named after the six Brady Bunch kids: Greg, Peter, Bobby, Marcia, Jan and Cindy.

Henry got pretty tired of his babies not having real names. He felt it wasn’t dignified. So, allow us to introduce to…

Posted by Ketchikan Humane Society on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Although Henry is doing a great job, not every litter of kittens is lucky enough to have a Mom-slash-Dad like him. Muench took a second to remind pet owners to have their cats spayed or neutered and, in the event that their cat does have some unplanned Brady kids, to take the kittens to a shelter or humane society — don’t just abandon them.

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