Since the first moment I saw Charlie, my foster dog, looking at me bottle feeding the kittens, I knew that this was another cute video waiting to happen.
Despite the common stereotype that wants dogs and cats hating each other, animals keep surprising us every day, and every rescuer knows that. Especially when baby kittens are brought to the house, most dogs have a tendency to clean them and protect them. It might sound silly, but my dogs helped me tremendously with the kittens, not only because they socialized them, but mainly because they are the ones who kept them healthy and made them feel safe.
Kittens as young as Sunny and Pamuk need warmth and security, and no matter what we humans do, nothing is more warm than a dog’s soft fur. Dogs become the mother cat in a way, keeping them warm and safe and protected,
Apart from that, as funny as it is to watch the dogs lick the kittens’ bottom, it’s one of the things that keeps the babies healthy, and helps them poop, which is very important. In the absence of a mother cat, one of the main things rescuers do, apart from bottle feeding, is rubbing their bellies to help them poop, usually with a warm, damp cloth, that represents the tongue of the mother cat.
Sunny and Pamuk only a few weeks old when I found them on the street. The most probable scenario is that a stray cat gave birth in someone’s garden, and he got rid of the kittens the usual way, leaving them to starve to death.
They are now about two months old, and they have become two amazing little kittens, playful and social and funny. They still interact with the dogs, but they don’t need them that much anymore, and the dogs gradually started losing interest in them, once they went from drinking milk to eating canned food. So now they just coexist and they sometimes play together.
Even of the kittens were raised without a cat role model, they are discovering their feline nature – although they are picking up some dog habits, like begging for food!