They were so malnourished, their immune systems so weakened, their continued survival was touch and go.
Incredibly malnourished, Winston was brought into the Feline Hope animal shelter in Kitty Hawk, South Carolina, along with his siblings. Right away they could see how malnourished he was, so weakened, he was teetering on the brink along with two of his siblings!
Michelle Martello, a volunteer with the shelter heard about the tiny orphan’s plight and rushed to do what she could, hoping to save at least some of them.
“When she got there early the next morning, two kittens had passed,” said Lita Katulski of Feline Hope. The surviving kitty, Winston, was fighting to live. He was estimated to be around 2-3 weeks old but was only the size of a newborn.
Now on his own, Winston, however, was still stubbornly clinging onto life. Underweight, dehydrated, and severely anemic from an infestation of fleas, they covered his matted fur. After lots of baths to take care of the parasites, Michelle began syringe-feeding the sick kitten. Even cuddling with him till he was sound asleep, letting him know he was no longer alone.
It’s unclear exactly what the little kittens had been through. But whatever the truth was, there was now only one kitten left fighting for his life. With a weak immune system, it was touch and go.