On the evening of January 5, 2020, while gazing out of her apartment window in Sydney, Australia, Stella caught a glimpse of a tiny black and white kitten perched in the middle of a footpath. The area was known to have many strays, so she initially didn’t pay it much attention. However, as time ticked by, the kitten remained motionless, causing Stella to grow increasingly concerned about its well-being. The little feline was too small to be alone, and with no mother in sight, its safety was in question. As darkness and cold crept in, the kitten continued to sit there, unresponsive to passersby.
Stella expressed her worries to Jay, and together they decided to rescue a little kitten without much thought. They quickly grabbed a towel and some water before hurrying outside. Upon seeing the feline, they noticed that it was showing signs of illness with discharge seeping from its eyes. However, they still tried to help by giving it some water, which brought joy to the kitten. It took them a few attempts to capture the little creature since it kept hopping away like a bunny, but it eventually ran out of energy, and they were able to pick it up using the towel.
After bringing the tuxedo kitten into their home, the couple provided her with goat milk and a cozy box to rest in. The next day, they took the kitten to the veterinarian to have her checked. The vet discovered that the little cat was a female, around five weeks old, and had health issues such as dehydration, undernourishment, anemia, and intestinal parasites.
Stella stated that the poor animal’s body was visibly emaciated as it weighed less than half of its usual weight, and its rib bones were visible. The animal had also been infested with fleas from head to toe, which had caused so much blood loss that even its paws had turned white.
During the check-up, the vet determined that the kitten had a serious upper respiratory infection which had led to a severe eye infection. Additionally, it was found out that the kitten had lost her vision in one eye, but the actual cause of her blindness could not be determined, whether it was due to the infection or some kind of physical injury.
According to Stella, the little kitten appeared to have been left behind by her mother due to her weak physical condition. As a helpless and blind kitten, she would have endured a challenging time on her own until we came to rescue her.
Stella and Jay discovered a small black and white cat in an alleyway, even though they had no intention of owning a pet at the time. They made the decision to take her in and care for her until she was healthy again. Stella reflects on the people who walked past the poor cat without any concern, but believes that the feline’s intuition led her to wait for the couple to rescue her.
Once Stella and Jay made the decision to adopt the kitten, they gave her a name that was perfect for her. Momo, which translates to peach in Japanese, was an adorable and affectionate little creature that became a part of their family. Although she had found a new home, Momo was still unwell, so Stella and Jay devoted much of their time and efforts to making sure she received the best possible care.
Stella recalls that her beloved pet was troubled by fleas at a young age. Unfortunately, the furbaby was not old enough to receive appropriate medication and had to wait for a few more weeks. In the meantime, Stella devoted long hours to comfort her furry friend by regularly removing the pesky fleas off her body, individually. There were days when Stella decided to stay home and spend time with her pet, providing her the necessary care and rest for a speedy recovery.
On a regular basis, she made sure to keep Momo’s eyes and face clean and applied antibiotics to soothe the severe irritation and inflammation in her eyes. With the passage of time, not only did the kitten’s overall health improve, but her eyes also showed significant improvement. Even though Momo is now doing great, she unfortunately lost her sight in her right eye.
Stella points out that Momo has only one functional eye and often, that fact gets overlooked. Despite this, Momo spends every day refining her hunting skills with her treasured mouse toy, which she carries around everywhere. Besides this, Momo enjoys snuggling with her owner and kneading her blanket, capturing bugs with the assistance of Stella, and playing with Kumo – a kitten they had adopted after rescuing it. However, due to Kumo’s fragile health, the two had to be kept apart for a few months, which was tough for Momo as she would have meltdowns whenever left alone.
Momo, the adorable black and white kitty, still clings to her human mom, Stella, even though she no longer experiences anxiety when they are apart. Stella, who considers Momo as her firstborn child, is equally attached to her feline friend. Momo’s presence in their lives has inspired Stella and Jay to rescue and foster four other kittens from the streets of their neighborhood. Stella believes that all stray cats, irrespective of their location, deserve a warm and caring home.
Momo, the adorable cat on Instagram owned by @momosweetie, owes her life to Stella and Jay. They saved Momo from a perilous situation in January 2020, which could have resulted in her death. Had they not rescued her, Momo’s life would have been miserable, short, and lonely, causing her pain and suffering. However, with the help of her rescuers, Momo was nursed back to health and transformed into an intelligent and loving pet she is today.
Stella expresses her immense love for her furry friend and makes it a point to shower her with affection every day. She believes that her pet reciprocates the love in many ways, and she appreciates how her little friend has helped shape her into the charming and beautiful soul she is today despite her disabilities and early life experiences. Stella enjoys the daily moments when her pet’s quirkiness makes her laugh and feels fulfilled when she sees her furry friend sleeping peacefully.