Soldier falls in love with special needs kitten and refuses to leave her behind
Back in 2008, Christine Bouldin saw a tiny kitten wobbling after her stray mother. It was her final deployment in Afghanistan after eight years of service in the US Army.
Christine instantly fell in love with the unusual little kitten.
Being a cat lover, she was told of a cat and a tiny kitten wandering around base. She immediately went out to find the fur family to see if she could help.
She then discovered the tiniest little kitten with ears that were half her body size, and the kitty couldn't walk without flopping to the side.
"I'd never seen a cat like that," she told PeoplePets. "I felt so sorry for her. She couldn't stand up and would flip over."
Little Felix had Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), which affects her motor skills. She wobbles when she walks but is otherwise as healthy as a normal cat.
Christine became mama cat and little Felix's caregivers. She would arrive each day with fresh food and water.
Little Felix was nervous at first and hissed at Christine a few times, but she soon learned to trust her. Christine even held Felix steady so she wouldn't wobble and fall over while she ate.
Christine fell in love and began to plan how she would take both cats home with her after her deployment.
Sadly, mom disappeared later that month and left poor little Felix behind. Christine felt so worried for Felix that she and a friend built her a nice kitty house on the base. She wrote to friends and family from home and they sent her kitten food and toys for Felix to play with.
"She was so sweet and I could tell she appreciated me taking care of her when her mom left," she said. "She makes me cry sometimes still because she looks at me like I'm her mom."
Felix got stronger each day thanks to Christine, and Christine knew she couldn't leave her behind.
She began to search for ways to bring her kitten home. After being rejected to ride back to the States with her Felix, she refused to give up.
Then one day, while she was getting Felix some shots, a veterinarian introduced her to an animal rescuer in Kabul that might be able to help. She immediately contacted Pam Constable, who agreed to foster Felix in Kabul and help get the kitten to her loving home in the US.
"It was a little over an hour to get to our base from Kabul, and you're always in danger of IEDs … I was worried about her. I didn't know if I'd see her again — if they wouldn't allow me to bring her home. I'm pretty sure I cried," Christine recalled.
After a long journey, Felix finally made it home safe!
She even has a new cuddle buddy!
Despite being little wobbly, Felix can pounce, play, jump like any other cat. She can use the litterbox with no problem at all.
"She found ways to do what she needed to do. It's very inspiring to see an animal like that just fight to live because so many people underestimate them."
Christine could always count on her little feline friend to lift her spirits. Felix brought her a sense of home and comfort during those darkest times, and Christine became her forever mom. They depended on each other then, and now they will never be apart.
"She greets me, and her little tail vibrates because she's so excited," she said. "(Felix is) an angel sent to me from God."
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