A woman noticed a small, creaking noise coming from some bushes in her backyard one weekend. She searched the bushes for a while, then came out the smallest kitten ever, unwell and in need of help.
Knowing she wouldn’t be able to take care of the sick kitten on her own, the woman reached out to Sandra Lee, a famous cat breeder in Los Angeles. Although Lee recently adopted another cat in intensive care, she knew she couldn’t say no when she saw the picture of the little kitten.
“She was found when she was about six to eight weeks old, but it was a bit difficult to pinpoint her exact age because she was so dehydrated and malnourished for her age,” Lee said. “She has the characteristics of a 6 to 8 week old kitten, but weighs less than a pound, which is about the same as the average weight of a 4 week old kitten. At first sight, she was so dehydrated that every single vertebra in her spine could be seen. Her body is full of fleas, and we will soon find out she has a medical condition.”
It became clear as soon as Lee brought the kitten, later named “Livvie” home with her, that her road to recovery would not be easy. The poor animal could barely move and appeared to be suffering from some kind of mental illness. She was also unable to defecate on her own despite trying to defecate hundreds of times a day.
“Honestly, I’m not sure she’ll make it through the first two nights,” Lee said. “All I wanted to do was provide her with a warm home and a safe area.” “Honestly, I would have been scared to check on her in the first week because she wasn’t feeling well.”