In August 2017, Jason was out fishing by a lake when he heard what sounded like a cry for help. He soon discovered the source of the noise – and it certainly wasn’t what he expected to find when he set out fishing that day.
Jason lives with his wife, his son Aiden and his cat. He’s a fan of sci-fi shows such as Star Trek, Futurama and Battlestar Galactica. He’s also a keen user of imgur.
It was on the online image-sharing platform that Jason documented his story. When he went out fishing with a friend, he had an extraordinary encounter – and it was one that he could never have expected. Indeed, the catch he brought back contained far more than just fish.
In fact, while he was fishing, a small gray kitten came pattering on its tiny paws right up to Jason, meowing to him for love and affection. The adorable baby cat had clearly set her beautiful, bright blue eyes on Jason. In fact, she even made a move to hop into his bag.
Jason told Love Meow that the kitten “walked up to me and a friend as we were fishing. She tried to cross a two-lane rural highway to [get to] the other side where we were.” Once she had reached him, meanwhile, the kitten seemed to form an instant bond with Jason – and began trailing him as if she was following her mother.
Upon picking up the gray kitten it was obvious that she craved affection. Indeed, she immediately snuggled up into his arms – and quickly began to look very comfortable indeed with her rescuer.
Jason and his friend came across another tabby-colored kitten later in the day, and it appeared to be the first kitten’s sibling. The kittens proceeded to follow each other around, meowing at each other and at the human buddies that they had found in Jason and his companion.
Jason came to the conclusion that the kittens had been abandoned by their owner. He told Love Meow, “[They were] too young to be separated from the mother.” He and his companion decided that rather than leave the kittens to fend for themselves they would take them home to safety.
Once they got home, the gray kitten’s trust in Jason remained and she was happy to be given a bath. Jason explained to Love Meow, “We’ve de-flea’d her as best we can [but] because she’s so young and tiny there aren’t any anti-flea medications we can safely use.”
Jason and his wife told people following the story as it unfolded on imgur that both kittens would be taken to the vets to be checked for chips and to have them spayed. Jason’s wife wrote, “Kitten is going to the vet. If chipped, will go home. There was another cat, that one too is going to the vet.”
Some users on imgur, however, were concerned that because of the kitten’s age it wouldn’t be old enough to be chipped – and that the two kittens might have gone missing from someone’s home. A user calling themselves Snikis wrote, “I would check and see if anyone is missing [them], otherwise it’s theft.” Jason replied, “That’s the plan.”
Jason wanted to make it very clear on imgur that he had no intention of keeping the cats if they had an owner. Indeed, he would take all the necessary steps to ensure that the kittens were returned if they indeed had a loving family missing them. He even stated, “Not trying to take anyone’s cat here, people.”
One user noted that the kitten looked healthy and might have simply gotten lost. However, Jason replied that he was certain that the kittens had been abandoned. He wrote,“They were dumped by someone. It’s too small to have run anywhere on its own.”
While the first kitten stayed with Jason and his family, its sibling was adopted by another family. Meanwhile, more people online stepped in to offer advice on the animal’s care. A user called Josekell noted, “You’re gonna have to bottle feed for a while, judging by the size of him/her.”
The little kitten had chosen Jason as her rescuer from the beginning, and after 24 hours he and his family decided to adopt her. He told Love Meow, “She’s doing great now, eating like a champ [and] already doing well with cat litter.”
Jason’s son, Aiden, meanwhile, is autistic. Research has shown that people with autism can gain a great deal from being around animals – so the kitten may well have something to offer the family in return for their affection. Previous studies have shown that pets provide benefits such as companionship and stress relief for children with autism, while also helping them to engage with others.
Due to their often quiet and peaceful demeanor, researchers believe cats may be particularly well suited for people with autism. This little kitten, meanwhile, is bound to be a star with her new family.
The kitten became a hit online and some readers began speculating about her breed. Indeed, many have suggested that she may be a Blue Russian – a fairly rare and expensive breed. A user named Torvient wrote, “Looks like a Russian blue. They are hypoallergenic and quite costly from breeders.”
Users have also suggested names for the kitten including “Dobby,” after the house elf from the Harry Potter movies, due to her appearance after her bath. Jason eventually revealed that they had called her, “Amora, aka ‘The Enchantress’ from Marvel comics lore.”
Other users joked that Jason had been “Catfished.” Indeed, even though he had been the one who was out fishing that day, the kitten had very thoroughly reeled him in. It is safe to say, though, that he at least caught the heart of the sweet little kitten.