Skip to comments.Navy Sailors Bonded with 3 Stowaway Kittens
Posted on 12/30/2012 12:13:31 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
It all began when Eric Hanst and his fellow sailors were Navy deployed overseas. When they were in port for a few days, they were greeted by an unexpected guest. A cat came aboard via mooring line. We lost track of her, and found her later that evening. We managed to get her back to the pier, and waved goodbye as we took off. This cat seemed unusually upset by this, said Hanst.
What they did not know was that the cat didnt just come alone. It turns out, when she managed to sneak on board, she also managed to smuggle on three kittens. We thought she had given birth on the ship, but it was pointed out to us that they were too big to be only a few days old.
When they were sailing off, no one on board was aware of the kittens. The little ones were very confused, looking for their mom for almost four days until they were discovered in the machine shop. We found one initially and the other two a couple hours afterwards, Hanst added.
Even though the crew had little experience bottle feeding a kitten, they all jumped into action, doing everything they could to help these little creatures. They did not have a bottle, so they improvised. They found boxes and necessary things to make a temporary nest for the kittens. They were all so proud, holding their new furry buddies and letting them climb all over them. When it comes to bottle feeding the kittens, these sailors showed remarkable love and care to the tiny little creatures that were about the size of their palm. They were gentle to the kittens and tended to their every whim.
After the initial shock of being found, and feeding, the kittens were just as happy and playful as any other cute little bugger youd find anywhere else. They were a great boost to crew morale, and I LOVED THEM, said Hanst.
After they docked, the kittens were transported to local veterinary services. We managed to find homes for all three kittens. I talked a friend into adopting one of the kittens, the other two were taken in by my a cat couple who are regular rescuers.
The soldiers rescued the kittens and the kittens gave them the companionship and love they needed during these long voyages. They both needed one another and it was a blessing that they found each other.
Yes, it's an older story. Still deserved to be posted.
Navy can do.
I’m only seeing/counting 2 kittens...
Old or new, it’s a beautiful story. Thanks for posting.
Totally agree; it's a wonderful story, and those pics are priceless. It hurts my heart to think of how distressed Mama cat must have been for a while, though. But I'm just glad the kittens found such excellent caretakers.
It is a beautiful story, but I can’t help feeling sad for momma cat missing her babies. I’m glad it had a happy ending. The kittens look so cute and made the sailors so happy!
Sorry for the mama cat but glad for those kittehs. Very sweet.
This is what makes this one so poignant.
Did you check out the next story about the kitty with only two legs? Amazing..........
Its a shame about Mama, true, but I’m also glad that her babies found such wonderful hoomins.
Great story; beautiful dogs.
Me too. THAT’s funny!
“I dunno sir, i guess they must have climbed up the mooring lines.”
Sailors smuggling things aboard ship is a long grand tradition.
Gotta respect tradition. ;^)
When you asked me that, I had to go look. All I can say is, incredible. It hurts your heart at first, but then you realize the cat isn’t unhappy and moping....he’s enjoying life!
This reminds of a Titanic story that was posted here last April about the animals on board the ship.
Before the Titanic set sail, sailors watched as a mama cat took her kittens off of the ship one by one right before Titanic set sail, returning on board to carry each kitty down a ramps.
Everyone watching this thought it was so cute — except the sailors who said this was a VERY bad omen...I think If I’d seen that, I would have disembarked too. Animals have a strange sense of foreboding sometimes...
“Sailors smuggling things aboard ship is a long grand tradition.”
Yeah, we did smuggle things onto the ship, but not...cats.
It’s really nice that all the kittehs got placed in good homes.
I’m guessing the third kitten was camera shy? Or were there two identical tabbies?
Oh well, they’re too cute for it to matter... [smiles]
*Anchor here for a minute Captain....we have to go to the beach and get a couple of shovels of sand for the litter box....we'll BRB. Thanks, Sir!*
Not sure it happened exactly that way... ;^)
Nice story. Thanks for posting.
Smart kittehs, you betcha.
SO NICE to see....kitties brighten hearts...
That they do.
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