Kitten Found Underneath A Shed – Rescuers Discover What She Ate To Try And Stay Alive
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Kitten Found Underneath A Shed – Rescuers Discover What She Ate To Try And Stay Alive

When two rescuers figured out what an abandoned kitten had been eating … well, nobody could believe it!

It all started when Annalise Burke and her mother spotted a stray cat wandering outside their home one night.

They didn’t worry about the stray at the time but in the morning, they decided to find the kitty and take her to the local Human Society.

But they didn’t find the cat … instead, they found two newborn kittens!

Sadly, one of the babies hadn’t survived but the other was clearly in distress, so they scooped her up and rushed her to the vet’s office, where the vet said she should recover.

They thought their adventure was over, but when they returned home, they heard faint meowing coming from underneath their shed out back…

Annalise and her mother started digging and amazingly, they found a third tiny kitten, barely clinging to life! As Annalise told The Dodo:

She had been alone under the shed for at least eight hours.

We dug to get her out. Her face and mouth was covered in dirt, with dirt all inside her throat. She was coughing and wheezing.

The mother-daughter duo knew the Humane Society was closed for the day, so there was only one thing to do:

They brought the tiny tyke inside and stayed up the entire night with her, cleaning her up and attempting to feed her.

That’s when they realized that in her eight hours under the shed, the confused and terrified kitten had done something awful:

She’d been so confused, that she’d been eating dirt and rocks to try and survive!

This of course made her even sicker so the next morning, the kitten – which they had named Gemma – was rushed to the vet.

The vet didn’t think poor Gemma would make it and suggested to put her down; her chances of survival were just so small.

But Annalise wasn’t about to let that happen! She even quit her summer job to care for Gemma.

My mom let me decide because I would have to put my life on hold to care for her. I said I was going to try.

I didn’t know if she was going to live or die, and she scared us several times after that by stopping breathing … but she miraculously pulled through,” Burke said.

Yes, Gemma beat all the odds and started to recover.

She’s now 6 weeks old and getting stronger by the day! She’s eating wet cat food on her own and she loves cuddling with the rescuer that refused to give up on her!

Annalise finished by saying:

Gemma truly had an extreme will to live, after everything.

It was worth putting my life on hold for her. She is truly an angel.

How’s that for animal-loving dedication? 😀

Source: The Dodo

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Benjamin Stephen Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, including the Norwich Bulletin, Hartford Courant,,, and PoiseMedia, Inc. He also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms, and has a penchant for rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.

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