​Cat Gives Birth, Becomes Mother After It Adopts Squirrel​​

November 2, 2021

A cat that gives birth to kittens will usually nurse its own, but not if it adopts a squirrel. That’s what happened when one adult cat found the small animal shivering and breathing with no signs of a mother, so the feline took him in.

“We took him inside and called the vet. He said that if our cat had just given birth, there’s a very high chance she would care for the squirrel without a second thought. And that is exactly what she did,”

The Good Samaritan cat didn’t stop there, however, as she went out two days later and “came back from under the porch with another one.” Alongside her kittens she placed the second new creature with the first. The litter reportedly all sleep together in their home on a farm, and the youngster is even sometimes carried around in the mouth of its new mum just like one of her own.

This wasn’t the first time that a cat adopted a squirrel.

Bailee Schultz was catching frogs in a wooded area of his grandparents’ Bangor Township backyard when he heard something crying. The 8-year-old ran inside sobbing to find his grandparents, Nowell and Stephanie Box, afraid that whatever was making the noise was dying.

When they went out to investigate, they found a baby squirrel among the leaves and pine needles on the ground. Stephanie Box said the squirrel appeared to be less than a week old because it had not yet opened its eyes. In the tree above them, she could see the squirrel’s nest.

“I was a little leery to pick it up at first,” Stephanie said. “I picked it up in a coffee can.”

Box decided to try placing the squirrel with her cat, Oreo, who had recently given birth to a litter of five kittens. They put the squirrel, which Bailee has christened “Bushytail,” in the “cat house,” a straw-lined wooden house on stilts where Oreo was nursing her kittens. When they checked on the squirrel the next day, they saw him nursing side-by-side with his feline step-siblings. The Boxes have also seen Oreo licking the squirrel like she does the kittens.

“I didn’t even think about the cat eating him until one of my kids mentioned it awhile later,” Stephanie said.

Oreo has not fully accepted Bushytail as one of the family, although she tolerates him.