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Mama Dog Nurses Kitten With Her Puppies at NYC Animal Shelter [w/video]
NBC New York ^ | May 31, 2014

Posted on 06/03/2014 8:01:01 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

A dog that recently gave birth to a litter of puppies at a New York City animal shelter is helping to raise an orphaned kitten named Roadhouse, nursing her along with the tiny pups.

The dog, a white Maltese named Coco, was brought to the Animal Haven pet shelter in SoHo after being rescued from a hoarding situation, the organization says, and gave birth to a litter after she came in.

A few days after the pups were born, shelter employees decided to try to get the kitten to nurse with Coco's litter because Roadhouse wouldn't take formula from a bottle, according to Animal Haven associate director Kendra Mara.

"We said, 'What would happen if we put the kitten with Coco,' and it was instantaneous," Mara said.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnewyork.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
Awww!
1 posted on 06/03/2014 8:01:01 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 06/03/2014 8:01:28 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ditto that


3 posted on 06/03/2014 8:04:22 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Slings and Arrows

Baby basement kitty. Very angelic. Adorable.


4 posted on 06/03/2014 8:15:48 PM PDT by Gefn (More cowbell)
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To: Slings and Arrows; sheik yerbouty; Cat Lady; LucyT; Yaelle; EinNYC; All
Have a hunch that cross-species breast feeding carries some possible health risks to the kitten and is not the optimal way to feed her, but no medical opinion is given on the video.
5 posted on 06/03/2014 8:17:37 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Joe 6-pack

don’t forget the dog’s role in this


6 posted on 06/03/2014 8:41:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Gefn

That kitten is maybe half the size of the mama dog!


7 posted on 06/03/2014 8:42:43 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: justiceseeker93

Kitten might stop purring and start going yap yap yap!


8 posted on 06/03/2014 8:45:03 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Hormones are a funny thing when they kick in.


9 posted on 06/03/2014 8:47:02 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

See it here, cute!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLwEktLK3Yk


10 posted on 06/03/2014 8:49:39 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

We have an old dog the nurses an adult cat. Of course the dog is not lactating and the cat does not need to nurse. Actually, it is all very bizarre and rather disturbing. I think it has to do with both the dog and cat being from northern California. There is just so much perversity here.


11 posted on 06/03/2014 8:52:55 PM PDT by rey
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Oxytocin FTW!


12 posted on 06/03/2014 9:01:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: rey

The cat sees the dog as a mama figure. Very sweet, IMO.


13 posted on 06/03/2014 9:02:44 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Heh!


14 posted on 06/03/2014 9:07:51 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Roadhouse: “Well I’ll be a son of a b!tch!


15 posted on 06/03/2014 9:08:28 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Precious ‘lil Kitty.


16 posted on 06/03/2014 9:10:00 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: MV=PY

“I thought you’d be taller.”


17 posted on 06/03/2014 10:04:11 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: justiceseeker93

The video mentions that Roadhouse did better after the dog fed her, and having refused the bottle earlier, the breast
feeding was the only option. After she started breast feeding, she was more amenable to feeding from the bottle.

It is unlikely that she will suffer any damage since she is supplemented with kitten formula from a bottle.


18 posted on 06/04/2014 5:25:58 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Slings and Arrows

Heartwarming. Thank you for da pingle!


19 posted on 06/04/2014 5:29:05 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

My pleasure.


20 posted on 06/04/2014 6:06:49 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: rey
Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria...


21 posted on 06/04/2014 6:16:14 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; All

That kitten looks like to me it’s big enough to drink milk from a bowl on its own- even eat wet cat food.
Dog milk might not be good for it.


22 posted on 06/04/2014 7:05:23 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: TheOldLady
It is unlikely that she will suffer any damage since she is supplemented with kitten formula from a bottle.

Still, breast feeding from a cat has to better for the kitten than breast feeding from a dog. Just like the human baby is better off breast feeding from a human than drinking cow's milk.

23 posted on 06/04/2014 8:11:29 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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Are there any FReeper veterinarians out there? I raised the issue of possible health consequences of the cross-species breast feeding and would be happy to get a professional opinion.


24 posted on 06/04/2014 8:15:37 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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Are there any FReeper veterinarians out there? I raised the issue of possible health consequences of the cross-species breast feeding and would be happy to get a professional opinion.

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25 posted on 06/04/2014 8:20:27 AM PDT by LucyT (If you're not paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: LucyT
Canine breast milk has less butterfat, lactose, and protein than does feline breast milk therefore the kittens have to be supplemented. As for any health issues I cannot see any problem as humans drink cow, goat and camels milk without any problems. Wholesome milk is the subject of the equation as the dog must be healthy. There are a couple of diseases that can be transmitted from canine milk to other animals but those are rare (Lepto, Brucella).
26 posted on 06/04/2014 10:51:15 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: justiceseeker93
IF you're worried about cross-species breastfeeding, the kitten can have goats' milk, which is called the "Type O" of milks since a lot of other species can thrive on it. I guess each species has speific types and amounts of protein, fat, and milk sugars; but apparently goats' milk is good for lots of different species.

Kitten milk replacer sometimes has bad fas (vegetable oil) and carbohydrates (HFCS), neither of which is good for a baby carnivore (kitten).

27 posted on 06/04/2014 11:14:27 AM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: vetvetdoug

Thank you, vetvetdoug.

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28 posted on 06/04/2014 12:37:25 PM PDT by LucyT (If you're not paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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Thanks again to you both.


29 posted on 06/04/2014 1:53:37 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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