Kitten with a “Wink” was Brought Back from the Brink

Posted in Cat Stories - Last Updated: July 3, 2022 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: July 3, 2022  
Author:  Jan Travell

A kitten named Maple, who has a “wink”, was found and brought to a shelter along with her brother Egg.

At only four weeks old, they were both extremely emaciated.


Amanda is the founder of Kitten Rescue Life in California and when she learned about their situation, decided to help.

“Because of their frailness, I believe they had been without their mom for a long time,” Amanda told Love Meow.

She took the pair them home where she worked around the clock to save them.

Over the next few days, the kittens’ upper respiratory infection continued to worsen.

She had spent countless nights trying to keep them alive and in no way was going to give up on them.


Maple was suffering from a severe eye infection and after much care as well as her own strength, she pulled through, but sadly her brother Egg lost his fight.

They couldn’t save her bad eye, but they had brought her back from the brink.


Round the clock care was needed for this little fighter and she began to put on weight. Before long she was playing and running around, doing things just like any other a kitten at her age.

“I had a moment the other night when she was laying between us in bed, playing and acting like a normal kitten,” explained Amanda.

“It was that moment you hope for when you’re nursing sick kittens to health. That ‘we made it’ moment that makes it all worth it. I felt so lucky.”


Every milestone she reached, the family celebrated it with her. They were so proud when she finally hit the two-pound mark.

“I remember when I first had her at 277 grams, just skin and bones,” Amanda said.

“Fast forward to today and she’s so chunky she can’t get up from a laying position without rolling side to side to gain momentum.”


Two months down the line and Maple looked like a new kitten. “She is extremely energetic and independent. She’s feisty, confident, and playful, a force to be reckoned with.

She runs the house and even our adult resident cats bend to her will,” Amanda told Love Meow.

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She was always a sassy little kitten but now the older she gets, the more affectionate she becomes.

She sure has come a long way since the day she was rescued.

Once she’s gained some more weight she will have surgery to remove the bad eye as leaving it there could cause infection.


She is a proud one-eyed kitty full of joy, and considering her start in life she doesn’t let let anything get her down.

Her favorite thing is cuddling with her humans and by all accounts she’s very good at it!


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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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