Image Credit: Debbie Timmis

Kittens who are born prematurely are at a disadvantage, just like premature humans are.

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The newborn kitten can be prone to infection and fragile.

They will need to be kept warmer than full-term kittens and may have trouble digesting their food.

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They are often low in weight, have wrinkled skin, have little or no fur, and may not be able to hold their head up.

Once they start to grow, they will develop more slowly than full-term kittens.

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None of these scary facts scared Debbie Timmis.

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She answered a Facebook ad about a premature kitten who had been rejected by her birth mother.

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The owners were in need of help. When the kitten arrived at Debbie’s house, it weighed 60 grams and was almost hairless.

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Debbie was warned that the tiny creature may not live.

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Only an hour later things took a terrible turn. The kitten struggled to breathe, her legs turned purple, she went limp, and her tongue was white.

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Debbie managed to massage the kitten’s chest and revive her!

For the next two weeks, the kitten was fed every two hours.

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Besides being born too early, the kitten had worms and then got an eye infection.

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Once those issues were corrected, the kitten finally started gaining weight.

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Debbie named her Freya. Freya loves to explore, wash herself, and to purr!

Freya was the Norse Goddess of Love, Fertility, Gold and Beauty. The perfect name for this tiny cat with such a strong will to live!

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