When a mom loves, she loves unconditionally.
This rings especially true for Aspen, a young mother cat who was found on the streets of Texas last week with her two newborn kittens. She didn’t know it at the time, but her tiny family was about get much larger — and even more adorable.
Koby Wegge, founder of Sycamore Tree Ranch farm sanctuary, had a litter of four rescue kittens who weren’t being nursed by their biological mom, so she contacted Parker Paws, where Aspen and her babies were staying, with a special request: She was looking to foster a mother cat who could raise the babies as her own.
“Their mom didn’t really want anything to do with them,” Wegge told The Dodo. “We jumped in and started bottle-feeding them every two hours around the clock, and that’s when we thought of the idea of finding them a foster mom. We could give her a comfortable space to raise her own babies, and give our rescue kittens the chance to have a mom.”
The shelter workers instantly knew Aspen would be a great match. They had already introduced her to another orphaned kitten someone had dropped at the shelter, and they bonded right away.
“When she arrived to us [from the shelter], she had three kittens already — two of her own, and the little orphan,” Wegge said. “We introduced her to our four babies, who were just a few days old, and she loved them immediately.”
Soon after, Wegge got a call from Aspen’s rescuers at the shelter about yet another orphaned kitten, who had been found crawling around someone’s lawn all alone. Just like with the other orphans, Aspen was instantly smitten.
“Of course we couldn’t leave that little baby at the shelter either,” Wegge said. “So now, she has eight babies from four different litters. She is the best mama to them and is so proud of her kittens.”
Since all the kittens are only about a week old, Aspen spends most of her days snuggling and nursing them. She loves them so much — but is glad to let Wegge and her young daughter help out, too. They help her keep up with nursing by bottle-feeding the kittens a few times each day.
“My daughter loves all the animals on the farm, but when she discovered the kittens she was so excited,” Wegge said. “She’ll sit with them and Mama cat will walk right over and sit in her lap. It’s like she wants to adopt any child there is. She has such a mother’s heart.”
Aspen and her babies will be together for at least the next seven weeks until the kittens are ready to be weaned. Then they will be available for adoption through Parker Paws — but Wegge is already considering keeping Aspen and some of the babies. There are three boys and five girls.
“We’re really getting attached to her,” Wegge said. “She’s such a sweet cat, and the best mom.”