Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Second Chance For Ralphie The Kitten


I recently received an email from Emily, who shared the touching story of her kitten, Ralphie. Ralphie suffers from a congenital condition and was abandoned by his mama at a very young age, but that hasn't stopped her from fighting to give him the best life possible.

Emily writes:

I wanted to share with you a very lucky and special little guy. Ralphie is an 8 week old kitten who I have been fostering and have bottle fed after his mother rejected him at 2 weeks old. 

He wasn't expected to make it through the night but I agreed to give him a chance. Ralphie was born with a congenital condition called pectus excavatum. His chest is narrowed and his sternum is caved in. His heart is pushed all the way over to the left side and he does not have full function of his lungs. 

Ralphie will need surgery next month to widen his chest to make it easier for him to breathe. I have raised all the money needed for his very expensive surgery in just one week! 

I have adopted little Ralphie and he will now have the best chance at a normal life. He will be joining my zoo of a house that includes 5 other cats, 2 dogs, and 2 bunnies. I am a vet tech and also foster cats and kittens for The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society.

Emily tells me that Ralphie's surgery will be at the end of April, and she will keep us updated on his progress. In the meantime, we're sending out our best wishes to this adorable boy, and also many thanks to Emily for being his guardian angel!

Update! Ralphie now has his own Facebook page!



Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Purrs for Ralphie! Wishing him many Happy Days!

Mariela Santillan said...

That is such a touching story. I'm glad he found a good human to watch over him.

Marilia said...


Colehaus Cats said...

Thank you for adopting this sweetheart. We're sending our very best purrs for Ralphie. He's a fighter! Purrs...

Sparkle said...

Paws crossed that Ralphie's operation goes well!

Texas, a Cat in... Austin said...

Awww... what a moving story! So glad Ralphie found a great human! Purrs for your surgery!

katsrus said...

How adorable he is. Wishing him the best. Purrs.
Sue B

Cristian said...

What a touching story. Warms my heart.

Amy Lynn said...

Bless you a million times over, Emily, for saving this precious little guy! This totally touched my heart and I am so happy Ralphie ended up in the purrrfect place with someone so kind and compassionate. There is a special place in heaven for souls like yours! I will be keeping you and Ralphie in my prayers for a successful surgery and a long, happy life together! :)

pinkoro said...

How do you do ?

I live in Nara Prefecture.
In a supermarket near my house, the cat lives there.
They have been abandoned by humans.
Based on the donation, the manager made ​​a surgery of contraception in cats.
He did not get rid of the cat.
The cat is sleeping, playing on the opposite side of the shop freely.
I pray for the happiness of cats and dogs around the world.
(I'm sorry in poor English)

Unknown said...

Yay for Ralphie the kitten and people like Emily! I am so happy he found a wonderful forever home. Please let us know how his surgery and recovery goes.

Melissa Lemay said...

Does Ralphie have a Facebook!?!

Catsparella said...

@Melissa You can follow Ralphie's FB page here!

mugshotme said...

I am about to adopt (tomorrow) tiny Albert the tabby kitten 8 weeks old with the same condition. The shelter won't operate on him but he will need the operation in the future. He is the cutest little guy ever. I am very anxious and would appreciate any advice on Pectus Excavatum and also some ideas on how I can raise money for his operation.

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