The odds were stacked against Freyja, a tiny preemie kitten rejected by her mom.But Homer's Heroes know that nothing's impossible when loving humans team up with rescue kitties determined to live.
"She came to us on 29th May after a lady posted on Facebook asking for help with a premature kitten rejected by its mother," Debbie Timmis told LoveMeow.com.
"The kitten had been found on the settee and was only noticed as a 'damp patch.' She was 60g when we got her and she was virtually hairless, and she had missed out on the first vital few hours of feeding from her mother, who was unable to feed her due to stress.The mother was taken to the vet's the following day."
"The second day we had her we were asked whether she had bubbled milk down her nostrils to which we said yes.We were told that she would not survive this.We were distraught.An hour later she started to fit and looked very unwell.Her legs went purple and limp and her tongue went white.It looked like she was struggling to breathe.Then I remembered that the bubbling down her nose was due to milk on her lungs, so I tipped her upside down and massaged her chest telling her to live as I cried my eyes out.And the little poppet did!!!"
"Overjoyed, I fed her through the night every 2 hours for the first two weeks as she was so tiny and undernourished.She then started to open her eyes, but got an eye infection and had a very runny bottom.She has been fed every 4 hours or less since I had her just under 7 weeks ago.She's been wormed and her eye infection cleared up on its own, and she is now putting on weight, washing herself, playing, purring, exploring, and being a generally adorable ankle biter."
For a sense of just how tiny Freyja was, look at her next to this lighter!
Somebody wants a belly rub!
"We looked for a majestic name because she was so brave and strong she deserved one.We called her Freyja, Norse goddess of Love, Beauty, Fertility and Gold." Timmis added.