When a feral she had been caring for went missing after a blizzard, she was determined to find her.
Along with her neighbors, Katia Lanza had been regularly feeding a local feral cat in her New Jersey neighborhood. They had been doing this for around a year when one winter record cold weather looked like it was about to settle in.
Fearing for the safety of the kitty they had named Lipstick, they began searching for her, wanting to protect her from what would soon be freezing temperatures.
It took five days of hunting, they eventually tracked her down hiding under a neighbors porch after a blizzard. It was not long after that they figured out she was pregnant. That was the final straw, they were determined she would be rescued, kept safe from the cold. But first, they needed to gain her trust
It took weeks of patience, love, and almost constant attention, then one-night Lipstick walked into Katie’s kitchen of her own accord. It seemed as though she had finally decided to accept help from her human friends.
Two weeks later Lipstick gave birth to four adorable kittens, Katies recalls: “Once they were born and Lipstick cleaned them up, we put them in a fresh kitty bed and used a heating pad to help regulate their temperature, she is very, very sweet but very protective.