9-Week-Old Kitten Was Scheduled To Be Euthanized Because He Was “Too Feral”

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Rudy, a 9-week-old kitten, ended up in a local shelter on the list to be euthanized. He was labeled as “too feral”, because he was afraid and hid in the back of his cage. This poor scared kitten was too young to die, and just needed someone to give him a chance.

Sam Peterson, a volunteer with Friends for Life Rescue Network, rushed to the shelter to save Rudy, before it was too late. Rudy was terrified and hiding in the back of his cage. Even though he was afraid, he never once hissed at his rescuer. Once Peterson was able to get closer, he noticed the tiny kitten was covered in fleas.


After just an hour of interacting with people, Rudy started to purr and wouldn’t stop. The first human pat started this never-ending purring machine. “He couldn’t stop purring to the point where he got out of breath,” Jaqueline DeAmor, co-founder of Friends For Life Rescue Network, told Love Meow.


Rudy went home with Peterson, and with the help of his girlfriend, they removed the countless fleas from his frail body. The kitten was skin and bones. They offered Rudy food and he quickly gobbled it up. He finally felt safe and was showing his appreciation in purrs.


The couple instantly fell in love with Rudy and adopted him. Fast forward seven months and Rudy follows his parents all over the house. Each morning, he ‘sweetly’ wakes them up by walking on their heads. “Every morning, he comes rushing over, purring madly with this look on his face, whenever we make even the slightest movement like we might finally be getting up.”

The once frail and “feral” kitten has grown into a friendly, loving ginger cat that has a lot to say. Thank you for saving him!

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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