I work as a desk clerk in a local motel and behind the motel is the woods. In these woods lives a feral cat colony.
Last Sept. there was a little orange kitten about 8 weeks old that kept coming to the hotel door but if we tried to catch him, he would run away and one morning he came and his mouth was bleeding and he was crying, so we were finally able to catch him. I took him home and took him to the vet where he had surgery on his mouth. We named him Blaze.
Fast Forward to June, 2011. My son is a truck driver and when he comes home he parks his rig in the motel truck parking.
When it was time for him to leave, we took him to his truck. It was fully loaded and covered with big tarps and tiedowns. He decided he better check his load before taking off. He lifted part of the tarp and there were two baby kittens laying there.
They couldn’t have been more than 2 weeks old. We decided to wait and see if the mother would come back for them. She didn’t. Maybe she just had too many to care for. And these 2 obviously were the runts. They were very little. And we couldn’t just leave them there for long cause it was over 100 degrees out.
So I took them home. Made a bed for them, got kitten formula and bottles and bottle fed them. We knew they had to have come from the same feral colony that Blaze came from.
From the moment I brought them home, Blaze would jump into the bed, clean them, and cuddle them. We named them Bandit and Sparkle.
I would tell friends about this and they thought I was crazy. Everyone kept telling me that a full grown male cat would not take care of babies. Well…guess what! He did. As they grew, he would show them how to use the litter box, and how to eat real food.
He still sleeps most of the time with them and cleans them. And they really love him.
I personally feel that Blaze knew that somehow they are related. Coming from the same colony, maybe they have the same parent. I just know that Bandit and Sparkle act like Blaze is their big brother.
I think the three of them know it!!