While on a TNR program in Las Vegas, Nevada, a tiny kitten waddled right up to them, all the while crying over and over.
Nikki Martines and her husband had been on a TNR program when the kitten approached them. After scooping him right up they searched for any others that might be hiding in the area. Searching in a backyard Nikki’s husband saw a little tortoiseshell with her eyes closed under some palm branches. She was just skin and bone, thinking the kitten was dead, he was about to move on he thought he should check anyway.
He was surprised when he picked her up and the tiny feline let out a weak though startled cry. Relieved that she was still alive they brought her back to the car along with three much larger brothers and sisters.
The tiny tortie was critical and needed around the clock care and attention. Nikki and her husband brought her home with them, while her brothers and sisters went to another foster home.
They called her EJ, Erica Jr after another tortoiseshell they had fostered a few years ago.
She was clearly the runt in this littler, much smaller than the others, listless, she had no desire to eat. After a few days in Nikki’s care, she had not put on weight. So they started tube-feeding her and put her in an incubator.
She refused quite emphatically to drink from the bottle. As she would not survive without food, tube-feeding was the only option. At this point, the only thing she had going for her was an amazing will to live.
“I just needed her to get over this hump and start gaining weight again. I was giving it my all.”
Soon the tiny feline was recognizing her Foster Moms voice. Whenever Nikki would walk into the room she would waddle to the front of her incubator and tiny on her purr engine.
Nikki and her husband fought for EJ’s life, taking it day by day. She remained a very picky eater, so they celebrated every gram she gained.
They were, without doubt, fighting for her life.
When she was marginally bigger, Nikki took her to the vet to try and find out just what was going on?