When a pregnant cat arrived at the county shelter and delivered two babies within the first 24 hours of her arrival, she clung tightly to her single surviving kitten after the first perished during birth, like a tiny security blanket. The mother cat, named Harmony, seemed unable to stop hugging her baby, Haven, to allow the neonate to nurse.
Fortunately, Ellen Richter, an experienced cat foster parent, took in the calico mother-daughter pair and helped to escort the inexperienced mama cat into motherhood. She helped Harmony loosen her stronghold grip on her tiny newborn so that the baby could take sustenance, showing her how to lie back and expose her underside and nipples to the little infant.
Harmony wanted to continue the desperate embrace of her baby, but with Ellen’s help, Haven managed to suckle. She grew and developed with the team of feline mother and human mentor. Still, Harmony did not want to let go, so Ellen spoonfed the mother cat, brought her a water bowl to keep next to her head, and a litter box next to the nest.
Haven became more independent as she grew, and Harmony, although dependent on her kitten, allowed her small bits of freedom. She still didn’t want the kitten more than a foot from her at all times, but she loosened her grip just enough for Haven to explore a short distance away. Knowing that the calico mother-daughter duo would be inseparable, Ellen found them an adoptive home that wanted to take in both the beautiful girls. They are happy and adjusting to their new home…together.