Scared stray cat changes as she encounters a newborn child
Earlier this year, a Siamese cat fighting for its life on the streets of Kingston, Ontario, was discovered to be extremely underweight and terrified. It was clear that months of living on the streets had taken their toll when a concerned Good Samaritan grabbed the stray cat. Happily, there was a place close by whose primary goal was to help animals in need: Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary, run by Carla Reilly Moore and her husband and home to numerous animals who have successfully recovered from their traumatic and neglected pasts.
The newly named cat, Sapphire, had more than just nervousness to deal with because she also had oddly shaped eyes and crusty, irritated skin. The clinic discovered the cat had a broken pelvis and no microchip.
Moore said at the time, “We don’t know if it was a car or if she was kicked. She has been in pain untreated for two weeks while living alone in the streets.
Moore had a lot going on. In addition to her regular responsibilities taking care of all the rescued animals at the sanctuary, she had recently given birth to a baby girl named Mary. But Sapphire was without a doubt the newest member of the family. And it turned out to be anything but easy for the street cat to go from being afraid to being loved by the family. Moore said at the time, “We don’t know if it was a car or if she was kicked. She has been in pain untreated for two weeks while living alone in the streets.
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Moore told The Dodo, “While we are not a domestic animal rescue, we primarily focus on farmed animals. But for whatever reason, we immediately brought Sapphire in after receiving a call about her, no questions asked. Before I realized it, I found myself nodding.
When Moore brought Sapphire home from the vet, she initially seemed frightened. She hid under the bed for a full day. Then, out of nowhere, she materialized, anxious to cuddle.
She went straight to my husband after awkwardly climbing up on our bed due to her pelvic, Moore said. For the next few days, she pampered my husband and me while little Mary slept next to us in bed.
Carla was frequently feeding and cuddling Mary while Sapphire was interacting with her. While Sapphire decided to include herself. The cat did seem to be getting more and more interested in the little newborn.
Mary shares our affinity for animals. Mary was born at home with the assistance of midwives and not only resides on a farm animal sanctuary, Moore continued. She being always surrounded by 4 legged friends, that is pretty natural for her. However, Sapphire and Mary started to develop something quite special. Sapphire made herself at home by initially sitting next to Mary. Moore said, “She’d keep her distance but keep a tight eye on her.”
But she started to get closer and closer. “We noticed that Sapphire appeared to begin protecting the baby very quickly. She would leap up and sprint for Mary as soon as the dog went past. Sapphire would repeatedly run and take a straight stance next to the infant, according to Moore.
Sapphire then moved pretty near to Mary to cuddle. Moore continued, “We’ve never seen a cat do anything like this before.” “Their relationship became closer and closer. It was very amazing!” Mary had to have Sapphire’s touch whenever she cuddled up to sleep. Moore said, “She just couldn’t get close enough to her. “She then started to encircle the child with her arms. She would smother Mary’s neck with her face. Sapphire calls out to Mary and begins looking for her when she is unable to find her.
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Sapphire has been snuggling up to Mary since she was a month old, and now that she is four months old, Mary is clearly beginning to feel the same way about Sapphire. Sapphire now rubs up against Mary and embraces her, and Mary is able to reach out and gently pet Sapphire, according to Moore. “When you ask Mary, who is only 4 months old, where the kitty is, she immediately identifies “Kitten” and gives her a direct look. She reaches out and touches her. These guys seem to have known one another their entire lives.
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Moore and her family regularly engage with their rescued farm animals, but she never imagined such a close bond to develop so quickly between these two. This is a true love story. It defies space, species, and perhaps even logic, according to Moore. Some may claim that this kitten was drawn to us because we could help her and that she needed us. But we assert that she was necessary. Before it was too late, we failed to recognize our need for her.
Credit: CARLA REILLY MOORE
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