When a sweet tiny kitten was found abandoned outside, the little feline baby immediately showed herself to be an extreme cuddle-bug and seemed to need contact with human skin at all times. The solid gray beauty, who had been brought to Shuswap Paws Rescue Society, was given a name to reflect her preciousness: Silver.
Shortly after her intake at the rescue, Silver began showing signs of ill health. Diagnosed with Calicivirus, a pathogen that causes respiratory infections in cats, the tiny feline struggled to thrive and needed repeated visits to the veterinarian. Foster caregivers Barbara and Dennis fought mightily with their consistent care 24 hours a day to try and pull Silver through and recover from her illness.
The ailing kitten needed tube-feedings for nourishment, subcutaneous fluids to help her remain hydrated, and supplementation to bolster her immunity. But it seemed to be the round-the-clock snuggles that helped the youngster feel better. At the end of each long stretch of nuzzling, alternating between Dennis and Barbara, Silver seemed perkier than she had before. Over time, and with a lot of cuddle-time, Silver’s condition seemed to improve.
She began eating by herself and no longer needed the tube-feeding. Her energy was restored, so she became playful like any kitten her age should be. It took weeks for the kitten to completely kick the virus that had ravaged her body, but she was finally totally healed and ready for adoption into a loving family. Silver the kitten went home to her new family at Christmastime and now she gets all the cuddles she could ask for in her new home.