I’ve often wondered if the rumor that cats have nine lives is accurate. In ways we can’t explain, it appears like fate is frequently on their side. For one small kitten, I’m talking 3.4oz tiny, she ended up in the middle of the road with no sign of her mother. Xena, on the other hand, was not only a tiny fighter despite her diminutive stature, but she also had a hero who assisted in her rescue. Hunter, a little kid, was with his grandfather when they came upon what they believed was a rock in the middle of the road near their home. But then they discovered it wasn’t a rock at all, but a small kitten in dire need of assistance.
Hunter acted quickly to save the life of this kitten, who was so little that her umbilical chord was still connected to her body. Hunter made careful to feed her every two hours to keep her alive until his friend’s mother, Autumn, could arrive and take her in. Hunter is not just a savior for animals, but also a youngster with a golden heart.
Autumn understood that this beautiful tiny life’s prospects of survival were poor at 3.4oz, which is less than a D battery to put things into perspective. But it didn’t stop her from providing just what this cat required to survive. She managed to survive! Continue reading to hear more about Xena, a warrior princess of a cat who has thrived and is now showing off her fiery side!
The family had little expertise with kittens, but they jumped right in and did an amazing job caring for her, getting up every two hours to feed and care for her. I traveled two hours to Fairdale, West Virginia, and picked her up the next day. She was barely 3.4 ounces! On my way back, I contacted Dream Away Cat Rescue and set up a meeting with Tiffany Mason (their neonate extraordinaire). She provided me with materials as well as a crash course in neonatal care. I was frightened. I was well aware that the chances for an orphan so young were slim. That first night, I don’t think I slept a wink. But, eventually, we settled into a rhythm in which I slept in between her feedings.
Frosty the lady of the house, Manny, and Erby are her new feline companions. Erby is a former wild tomcat who was just caught in January. When it came to bringing the tiny bean home, he was my biggest concern. I was scared that he might mistake her for prey and harm her. Instead, I’m typically the one who has to stop Xena from nursing from him… and he allows her!
At first, she was a tiny little bean. I always told her, though, that she was my Spicy Bean. Xena is her given name (Warrior Princess). Spicy Bean is how we refer to her.