Why? Because inquisitive little creatures may get themselves into a sticky situation, and without human intervention, their fate may be uncertain. And it all could be due to someone’s carelessness.
Thankfully, curiosity didn’t get the best of this kitten in Syracuse, New York—it actually saved the lives of his whole family.
Life on the streets
In July 2017, Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse received a photo of a black kitten with a plastic cup stuck on its head. Rich, who first discovered the kitten, along with another volunteer, attempted to rescue the frightened animal.
They were able to detach the cup, but the lid was still around the poor fellow’s neck.
“Sadly, if you’re a kitty wearing a fast food cup’s lid around your neck, you’re still in danger,” the nonprofit organization wrote on Facebook. “You’re vulnerable to attack, to getting caught on branches, even to having your throat injured by the sharp edges of the lid’s inner opening.”
Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse teamed up with CNY Cat Coalition in an attempt to bring the kitten in off the streets. Several volunteers checked behind the dumpster and near the bushes where the little black cat with the lid was first spotted, and when they didn’t find the kitten, they set a trap.
Susan, one of the volunteers, religiously refilled the bowl of food and inched it closer to the trap. One day when Susan returned to the trap there was a black kitten with sores around its neck inside.
“Wait, the cup was gone? That was a surprise (and there were more surprises to come). But there was no time to ponder where the cup went,” AAGS wrote.
After sending the kitten off to a foster home, Susan reset the trap in case there were more kittens living in the area. The following day, another black cat had found its way into the trap.
The CNYCC volunteer brought the cat, nicknamed Omar, to temporarily live with Tiffany, who had taken in Omar’s sibling, Stringer Bell, just a day earlier.
“At last two homeless kittens who lived off dumpster morsels were safe at foster mom Tiffany’s home. One had neck sores, so we were quite confident that he, Stringer Bell, was our elusive kitty spotted with a cup lid lodged around his neck,” AAGS shared on Facebook.
Although the volunteers believed they had rescued the kitten with the cup around its neck, they continued setting the trap.
One day as Susan made her daily rounds, she noticed something inside the trap. It was “oddly kitten-like” and had a shiny neck.
“It was the one and only kitten in a cup, STILL WEARING THE CUP!”
The kitten, nicknamed Duncan because of the cup it got its furry little head stuck in, was brought to Tiffany where he was reunited with his brothers.
Eventually the siblings’ mother was also caught and went to a foster home. They were later all put up for adoption.
A new life
Over the course of a month, AAGS shared several updates on their Facebook page about the kittens and their rescue. Their story, which the nonprofit organization called, “If You Give a Kitten a Cup,” caught the attention of Lauren Keeler and her then fiancé.
The couple decided to meet the siblings at the rescue—a few days before they arrived, Omar had been adopted.
“They started off scared of us and hissed at us when we first met them, but we knew that they would come around,” Keeler told Love Meow.
Keeler and her now husband, decided to adopt both black cats because they knew that two older kittens—Duncan and Stringer Bell were five months old at the time—would have a hard time finding a home.
What do you mean I have to go to the vet this morning??? 🙀 -Dunkin (Meowm’s note: Dunkin is having some digestive issues so he is headed to the vet this morning. Wish us luck!) #catsofinstagram #cats_of_instagram #catstagram #instacat #catsofworld #blackcats_world #blackcat #blackcatsofinstagram #idontwannago
They changed the spelling of Duncan’s name to Dunkin to better reflect his rough start in life and renamed Stringer Bell as Binx.
I am becoming snugglier and snugglier every day! I have come a long way since I was rescued in July and scared of humans. -Dunkin #catsofinstagram #cats_of_instagram #instacat #adoptdontshop #catstagram #catsofworld #catoftheday #cat_features #blackcat #blackcatsofinstagram #snugglykitty #adorablecat #thoseeyes #toocute
“They recently turned one, and are such cuddly, sweet cats now!” Keeler said. “They are still a little scared at times, but have come so far since we met them.”
You can keep up with the brothers’ latest adventures on their Instagram.