Male Cat With Special Needs Nurtures Litter of Orphaned Kittens

Male Cat With Special Needs Nurtures Litter of Orphaned Kittens


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Henry is a rescue cat with a neurological disorder that makes him wobbly, but the ginger boy has surprised everyone with his strong fatherly instinct.

When he met a litter of abandoned kittens found on the side of the road, he took them in and started caring for them as his own.

Photo: Ketchikan Humane Society

The six tiny three week old kittens were found in a cardboard box on Price of Wales, in Alaska. “Luckily, some children walking home from school heard them crying in their box," Heather Muench of the Ketchikan Humane Society told KRBD.

While Muench was caring for the kittens around the clock, Henry decided he would lent her a helping paw, and right then, his paternal instinct kicked in. "It's really kind of cute," said Muench.

"The first thing he does is start compulsively licking one. He'll spend hours in there, licking them, over, repeatedly. I think, 'Oh my gosh, they're not going to have any fur left.' But, he's really good at cleaning them up. I shouldn't complain, because then I don't have to do it.

"The cat nurturing, it's increasing their chance of surviving."

Photo: Ketchikan Humane Society

Henry takes his job very seriously.

“When I took them to work with me, he was very upset because someone had stolen his babies for the day," she added. “When they came home, he was like, 'Get them out of the carrying case. Put my babies back!" ( KRBD)

Photo: Ketchikan Humane Society

Though Henry is a great help, Muench had to take the babies with her to work to keep them fed.

Henry is such a devoted dad who has made a huge difference for these little kittens.

Photo: Ketchikan Humane Society

"Henry paced and cried all day because Opposable Thumbs made off with his kittens and took them to the veterinary clinic. When they were returned, he hopped in to give everyone a thorough washing and make sure they were all in good shape. You can tell by the look he gives the camera at the end that he's saying, 'Well, lucky for you they're fine, but don't let this happen again.'"



Henry has been adopted by his foster parents. He is now helping his humans care for other kitties in need.

Here he is comforting Paul E. Dactyl and Sapphire.

Photo: Ketchikan Humane Society

"Henry lets the tiny ones nuzzle his belly. They are comforted, he is comforted, and we are touched," Ketchikan Humane Society said on Facebook.

Photo: Ketchikan Humane Society

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