Male Cat Cares For A "Brady Bunch" Of Kittens
A group of abandoned kittens is receiving care from a cat named Henry in the southeast Alaska community of Ketchikan. The 3-week-old kittens, named Jan, Marcia, Cindy, Greg, Peter and Bobby, after the kids from the "Brady Bunch", are being nurtured by Henry, who is playing the role of Alice.
Henry is an 8-month-old cat who suffers from a slight neurological disorder which affects his coordination, causing him to walk unevenly and preventing him from jumping.
Heather Muench, a volunteer with the Ketchikan Humane Society, is caring for the kittens after some children found them in a cardboard box while walking home from school. Muench takes the kittens home with her every night and then to work the next day. Muench says that when she is home with Henry, he spends hours licking the kittens clean and he has become very attached.
The kittens are too young to be vaccinated and their future is unsure, but with Henry's help the kittens are seeming to be doing a lot better.
"It's kind of unusual for a male cat to decide take on the role of mother. But he's doing a fabulous job, and he's probably increasing their chances of survival," Muench said.