When it comes to motherly love, it’s pure and unconditional. Doesn’t matter whether we are talking about a human or an animal, a mother’s love is absolutely unmatchable. A mother will sacrifice her own needs and desires to fulfil her children’s desires and need. She will protect her children from all the harm in the world and the bond she shares with her children can’t be explained in words.
Our today’s story is going to revolve around a mother cat who lost her kids and couldn’t get over her past. But what surprised everyone was, the mother cat decided to nurse orphaned puppies and took care of them as it’s her own kids! It’s surely one emotional story but equally surprising as well. So, let’s get down to it right away.
So it all started when some tenants who were moving into a new rental apartment found an orange tabby along with her newborn babies. As soon as they found her, the tenants were quick to contact Langebaan Animal Care, in South Africa, but unfortunately, it was too late. The rescuers were unable to save the newborn babies. However, Izelle Marallich, who was the chairperson of Langebaan Animal Care, decided to adopt the cat. She named her Kathryn.
“She was extremely affectionate and was not scared of any of my foster dogs — [she] walked right up to them and rubbed herself against every one of them,” Marallich told The Dodo. “She had to sleep with a person and hold on to you. It was like she could not get enough love.”
Even though the rescuers tried their best to calm Kathryn’s pain but she would still mourn her babies. “She was very restless, however, and would cry looking for her babies,” Marallich said, “which was heartbreaking.”
But luckily things started to turn around as soon as a litter of orphaned puppies were rescued and brought into the house. Surprisingly, Kathryn formed a very strong bond with the puppies and started to love them as they were her own kids. Whenever the puppies would cry for food, Kathryn would calm them by licking them.
Here’s a picture of Kathryn cuddling with the puppies!
“They were a bit confused about it initially and would move away from her, but she was persistent and kept going to groom them,” Marallich said. “They started to get used to her licking them and she just lay down with them and didn’t leave their side at all.”
It was amazing how Kathryn’s motherly instinct made her love a species that was entirely opposite to hers. Not only did she dedicate her time to grooming the puppies but would play with them as well. The puppies were obviously not too comfortable at the start but later on, they developed a very special and strong bond with Kathryn. They became inseparable.
I’m not crying, you’re crying!
“She stopped being restless and crying and just slept day and night with them,” Marallich said. “[She] even ate the puppy food we gave them. They were happy and she was happy!”
“She is very protective over them and got very restless when they wandered out [of] the playpen and away from her,” Marallich said. “She would follow them and call them the whole time and was only happy once they were back with her.”
This picture depicts their strong bond so perfectly
“I have never seen such a dedicated and loving mommy,” Marallich added. “She never left their side day and night!”
Kathryn surely has a heart of gold!
Finally, when the puppies found their forever home, Kathryn became a little sad again but she found happiness again when a pair of orphaned kittens were found abandoned in a field and brought home. “She has got a lot of people interested in adopting her, but for now, she will remain with us and continue being a loving and caring mom to orphaned animals,” Marallich said.
This story teaches us that a mother’s love has no boundaries. It was one of the most heartwarming and unusual stories that we ever came across. Who would have thought that a cat would take care of orphaned puppies and would nurse them as one of her own? It’s truly amazing! Let us know what did you think of the story down in the comments below.