Mama Cat Loses Her Kittens, Finds New Family In Orphaned Litter

Houston rescue organization steps in to help Mikey the cat out of her depressive state with three furry bundles of joy.

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Teddy, Abby and Lily take to new mom, Mikey.

When new mama cat Mikey lost her small crew, she sunk into a depression of sorts. But thanks to a Houston, Texas, cat rescue organization, not only is the feline now feeling just fine, she’s been able be the mom she was meant to be, The Huffington Post reports.

This kitty tale began when Mikey — a rescue cat originally thought to be male — went in to be neutered. Owner Hillary quickly learned her cat was actually a female… a pregnant one at that.

The 8-month-old Mikey ended up giving birth to three kittens, but they were born too early and one by one they died, according to HuffPost. Following the last one’s death, Mikey began searching everywhere for her offspring.

Hillary decided to call Dori’s Darlings, a nonprofit rescue that specializes in saving cats from dangerous situations and kill shelters, among other services.

A few days before Mikey lost her last kitten, one of Dori’s Darlings’ foster moms, Amanda Lowe, received three abandoned baby kitties, still with their umbilical cords attached, HuffPost reports. Hearing about Mikey’s loss, the agency began preparations for her to nurture Lowe’s newborn trio.

Soon kittens Teddy, Abby and Lily were introduced to their new mom. Mikey took to her new charges immediately and was soon being the perfect mom — licking, grabbing and hugging them, as well as letting them frolic on top of her. After about two hours, the foursome fell asleep together — one small, happy family.

One big, new happy family! Via YouTube

One big, new happy family! Via YouTube

“This was just an awful thing she went through (losing all of her babies),” Lowe told The Huffington Post. “This will will be healing for her.”

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  • animals are more human than we think and it is about time we realized it. God or whoever you might want to believe in put us here to take care of his other species by understanding them and helping them. this is a fine example of what was intended for us as his caretakers. at least she got the chance to be a mother.

    Bob June 3, 2015 12:31 am Reply
    • Hi Bob – I’d actually say that most animals are better than humans. They do not destroy the earth and each other like humans do! Not to mention adopting those kittens.

      Tonya June 3, 2015 4:02 am Reply
      • Tonya, I couldn’t agree more. I say all the time that humans are the most destructive living things on earth. We destroy everything in our path; land, water, air, animals etc. . . and generally animals only kill to eat, certainly not for profit or for wall hangings!

        Susan June 3, 2015 1:11 pm Reply
  • Oh what a truly wonderful comforting act of compassion for this very maternal mama cat! Thanks for realising her problem and solving it for her. She is a lucky mother to have such kind people helping her. These acts of human kindness to out precious loving companions brings tears to my eyes! Thank you for saving 4 lives here!

    Anne Grice June 3, 2015 1:22 am Reply
  • What a beautiful, heart warming story. It’s so good when life gives a happy ending.

    Ruth June 3, 2015 1:34 am Reply
  • It was no coincidence that “3” kittens would need a mommy. When you believe in God , the word coincidence doesn’t exist. He knows the beginning/end of all things . ” 3 ” babies were lost, ” 3″ babies were found and “1” mommy in need . All of these are Gods #’s and when you add them up “7” the number of completion. Thanks to all the angel hands who helped bring this together . God bless you all.

    Lori June 3, 2015 3:10 am Reply
    • Why did the first 3 kittens have to die? Wasn’t God watching over them?

      Chalene June 3, 2015 8:34 am Reply
      • I agree Chalene. When it’s good they say God did it…but that must mean he does all the bad too. Some time life just happens. God doesn’t kill anything.

        anniesmom June 3, 2015 9:06 am Reply
        • You are so right. With evil, God cannot be tried. He NEVER kills anything. Time and unforeseen occurrence happen and sometimes people/animals are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Also, imperfection plays a big part in premature deaths, whether human or animal. God is always loving and always compassionate. He loves all of his creation and makes the sun shine on good people as well as bad. So never criticize God. He is the Source of life and without Him, none of us would exist!

          Vickie Brewer June 3, 2015 12:35 pm Reply
      • Exactly Charlene: Why did a god let the first 3 kittens die? Why are there so many unwanted abused animals (and children?) There really isn’t a divine answer for that.

        Susan June 3, 2015 1:14 pm Reply
    • Lori,
      All of these replies had a common theme, that of God’s way of taking care of all of His children. The divine way you worded your reply brought me to tears. It was a very thoughtful way to express the situation. I’ve been an OB registered nurse for more than 35 yrs & in that career, most of the time it’s a very happy & joyful place to be. However, when we have an outcome that results in a miscarriage, a premature baby born before a viable age, or anything that fails to produce an outcome other than a healthy, happy baby, we all grieve for the loss suffered. There was one reply that upset me that was also a reply to your incredible statement. It questioned why Mikey’s kittens died & if God had a role in the positive end results, she wondered why God didn’t watch over the preemie kittens. As I continued to read the replies, there were others explaining that sometimes bad things just happen, but God doesn’t cause bad outcomes. I’ve been a Christian longer than I’ve been an RN. From the 1st birth I witnessed & the thousands of both human & animal births I’ve participated in, I always say, “if anyone is ever doubts whether a God exists, if they’re fortunate enough to witness the true miracle of birth, that doubt should be gone.”

      Becky June 3, 2015 8:00 pm Reply
  • The more I learn about people, the more I prefer to company of animals. Animals are honest. They either like you or they don’t. They don’t know how to pretend ‘like’ someone. They don’t know how to stab a ‘friend’ in the back. They accept each other, not only their own species but other species as well. They all interact according to their natures. Some are prey, some are predators but at least they each now what the other is. Color means nothing to them.

    Yeppers, the more I learn about the animal known as ‘human’, the more I prefer the company of the so-called ‘lower animals’.

    Lazythump June 3, 2015 7:28 am Reply
  • I agree with all the comments on here. Am fostering a momma and her three babies and from her (V.Good) behaviour, I know she’d be devastated if anything happened to one of them!. Thank you all for looking out for the mom and the kitties, you are angels here on earth. I too think animals are better than people – no pretenses. Love them all.

    Kate Preston June 3, 2015 8:19 am Reply
  • What a win-win for all concerned! Momma Kitty rescued the babies as much as they comforted her. And her milk is far superior to anything the agency could provide, plus saved someone from having round-the-clock feedings.

    Guest100 June 3, 2015 12:42 pm Reply
  • I loved this story. And yes, I too prefer the pure honesty of animals over the greedy and cruel company of a number of humans.

    Sue June 3, 2015 1:29 pm Reply
  • I LOVE TO HEAR THE GOOD STORIES ABOUT ANIMALS. IT MAKES MY HEART SING ESPECIALLY SINCE THERE ARE SO MANY HORRIFIC AND SAD ONES. I WANT TO THANK everyone who helped not only this new mama but gave a second chance to all the new kittens.

    BEST WISHES AND GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE CATS TO FIND A WONDERFUL LOVING FOREVER HOME!!!!

    H Ollon June 3, 2015 2:45 pm Reply
  • Mothers are just amazing – no matter how many legs they have ♥♥♥ And cats are just wonderful mothers. Best of luck to Mikey, Teddy, Abby and Lily. And thank you to all the people who cared about these kitties.

    KatWrangler June 3, 2015 4:23 pm Reply
  • What a heartfelt story…I live 35 miles from Houston, TX. Cats are wonderful mothers and loving companions, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to have your feline companions SPAYED/NEUTERED! It saddens me Mikey lost her three babies, but she was able to save three, precious kittens, Teddy, Abby and Lily. But now they must find forever homes when ALL shelters in Texas and elsewhere are overwhelmed with new baby kittens! I have five female, feline furbabies of various ages, all of which I rescued off the streets as kittens and had neutered when they were old enough. I love them dearly. My heart breaks when I hear stories of cat killers, abusers and/or hoarders. On tonight’s news there was a segment about a cat hoarder. A geologist had over 62 cats and kittens shut up in a house with no air conditioning, living in deplorable conditions according to the Houston SPCA. They found decaying cats and cat skulls in his house. Only a handful of these cats and kittens will find forever homes; the rest will be killed as will all those precious, un-neutered, un-spayed cats, as well as all the innocent baby kittens being dumped at local kill-shelters! PLEASE SPAY & NEUTER!

    LuvAllCats June 3, 2015 11:56 pm Reply
  • I have to question how on earth the vet that was going to perform the “neutering” couldn’t tell Mikey was a “she” and not a “he.” I know it can be hard to tell for the lay person with cats, but a vet should be trained to be able to differentiate. In any case, albeit very sad Mikey lost her own kittens due to the medical error, at least the other three deserving kittens can now live.

    Lori A June 4, 2015 10:01 am Reply

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