Cat lovers are always led to believe that a mother’s love for her children is never-ending. While that is very true usually, it is not the case in every situation.
Sadly, many feral cats lose their mothers along the way, either to the elements or human interference, but sometimes, the mom just leaves. As feral cats are go un-fixed, females can become pregnant with no intention of caring for their babies, as the mother herself might still be quite young. It is very sad, and this is the very reason why so many organizations trap and release feral cats. They get them fixed to avoid these kinds of instances.
Ripley was abandoned by her mother less than one day after she was born. Her human mom posted her entire journey on Imgur and how Ripley was discovered in a litter, but quickly became the lone survivor of her group.
Thankfully for cats like Ripley and this kitten who was found in a garbage truck, there are many kind-hearted humans who love to help out!
Ripley was not the first of her litter to be found.
When the Imgur user Arthisbeapirate heard noises coming from outside her window, she rushed out with a neighbor to find three kittens in a bush. It was only after additional inspection that they found a fourth kitten off to the side.
Ripley’s siblings were all tangled together in their umbilical cord. The four kittens were taken to a vet, where the doctor removed the umbilical cord.
Sadly, one of Ripley’s siblings did not survive the surgery.
All of the kittens were severely malnourished and severely dehydrated. It was apparent their mother left shortly after their birth.
More sadness came as Ripley’s remaining two siblings passed away a mere day or two after being rescued.
Ripley was the sole survivor of her litter and things, for awhile, did not look hopeful.
However, she pulled through and finally, her mom felt it was ok to give her her own name.
And so, she named her Ripley, after “the ultimate badass survivor — Eleanor Ripley.”
Ripley’s mom tried her best to reunite her with her birth mother, as she saw the cat around the area.
The attempts were all unsuccessful and eventually, the mama cat stopped coming around altogether.
Ripley is now 1-year-old and is in perfect health!
She is a fairly normal cat despite her rough beginning. She greatly enjoys snuggling with her stuffed animal, getting into places she shouldn’t be getting into, and also cuddling with her human mama.