I was very sick when I arrived in 2015 as an orphan, I never found a home because I kept having relaspes and when I was healthy, nobody wanted me. I honestly prefer the sanctuary though, I've got my own bed and sleep next to the heat lamps. I like to explore the yard and keep an eye on everyone. I love people and loves cuddles so why not book an appointment to come up and see me some time?
The sanctuary got a call about a cat that had died in an industrial area, the cat had been lactating so the search was on for the kittens who would obviously be missing their mother. Eventually all five were found curled up in their nest, but they were very sick and very weak. So Bernie arrived at the sanctuary as a very sick and weak, three weeks old, orphaned kitten without much hope.
Her immune system was shocked and it was a long process of bringing her to health. When she arrived, staff and volunteers didn't hold out much hope for a happy ending for any of the siblings. They were all severely underweight and riddled with fleas and worms, as well as all having contracted cat flu.
All five had a fighting spirit and the defied the odds and were nursed to health with help from another mother cat, Duchess; who had been busy rearing her own 3 kittens but took an interest in the orphans and decided to help. She helped clean and rear them, teaching them things a mother cat should.
As soon as Bernie was advertised for a home she took sick again with cat flu. You wouldn’t know it now but this beauty could hardly see when she was younger due to the infection in her eyes.
She pulled through and again we tried to rehome, sadly no one came forward. By this stage Bernie was beyond the cute kitten stage and wasn’t looking her best after Illness. When she turned 2 and still no home was found and she was very settled into the sanctuary life we made the decision that she could stay with some of her other siblings that failed to find homes.
She is always one of the first down to say hello and loves to explore the yard. Her early health issues have left her with some stomach trouble so she gets sensitive Food and she is always monitored for weight loss or other issues!