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​These Orphaned Cats Love This LAD So Much They Think He's Their Mum

Jess Hardiman

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​These Orphaned Cats Love This LAD So Much They Think He's Their Mum

Sometimes we need to hear a bit of good news - preferably the type that involves orphaned kittens being saved from near-death and being taken in by a nice man.

Well, you're in luck, thanks to Gill Nunes, a vet tech from New York who did precisely that.

Around a month ago, Gil received a call about three kittens found in the street. They were discovered right next to their four siblings, who had died.

Credit: Instagram/@catfixerny
Credit: Instagram/@catfixerny

"They appeared to have drowned the night before, during the storm we had. The surviving kittens were only two weeks old," Gill told Love Meow.

"They arrived at the hospital in horrible shape, dehydrated, malnourished, runny eyes and nose, soaking wet and shivering."

That's a mental image sad enough to melt even the coldest of hearts, surely - but it's all okay! And that's because Gill stepped up to the plate and offered to foster them.

Naming the tiny kittens Donatella, Gianni and Santo, he became an instant cat dad, kicking into action and filling up a bottle with kitten milk replacer - which his new kids latched onto and began eating.



Sadly, Gianni passed away after five days battling in intensive care. However, over the next few weeks, Gill managed to get the other two back up and running and back to full health, in turn also building up a strong bond with them.

"Donatella the only girl, managed to get better, and Santo the smallest one, proved to me that he's the strongest one," Gill said.

"They react to my voice even if I'm in a different room, they like to sleep on my chest and under my beard."


He added: "I'm exhausted taking care of them but I love these little guys.

"I bring the babies to work so I can keep their feeding schedule and play with them between appointments."

Credit: Instagram/@catfixerny
Credit: Instagram/@catfixerny

Despite sleepless nights, Gill powered on, helping the kittens to learn how to eat solid food all on their own, documenting the process on Instagram.


Gill continued: "It's almost time to put them up for adoption. It's so hard for me to even think about them leaving.

"Santo likes to look into my eyes while playing with my beard till he falls asleep. Donatella screams for me to pick her up and rub her belly.

"I have so much joy seeing them running around my room playing. Knowing that I was able to save them and now seeing how happy they are is an amazing feeling of accomplishment."

See, it's not all doom and gloom out there, eh? Bloody top work, Gill - the animal kingdom needs more people like you.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@catfixerny

Topics: Inspirational, Cat, Feels, Community, Animals

Jess Hardiman
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