Thursday, October 27, 2011

The cat who loves babies.


Hello viewers, readers, listeners,
As always, I posted both the video and transcript for this episode of The Web-DVM.  If you are one who typically prefers to read the transcript tather than watch the video, I urge you just this once to watch the actual video, as the photographs and video footage of this cat can only be trully appreciated viewed directly.  Enjoy!

Roger Welton, DVM

Transcript from this week's episode of The Web-DVM:

I did not have to look far for this week’s news story, as this one comes right from my own home.  This story is about Forrest, the cat who loves babies. 

Forrest is a Devon Rex cat, a feline breed known for quirkiness and often downright eccentricity, but gentle, tolerant to their core, and very snuggly little cats.
While Forrest will enthusiastically snuggle up to any person who takes a moment to pay attention to him, he has a special affection for babies.  It began with my first child Austin, when Forrest would wait by the door for my wife or me to enter his nursery in the morning, only to rush in, jump into his crib, nuzzle our infant son, and flop down next to him purring loudly. 
Whether we were bathing, dressing, or changing Austin, Forrest was always right there snuggled up against him.
But Forrest was at the time only still a mere kitten himself, about 6 months of age.  We thought perhaps Forrest simply saw the baby as merely another “kitten” to play with, or was just simply overwhelmed with kitten curiosity over this strange little human creature.
But then came baby Scarlett, and by the time of her birth, September 2010, Forrest was an adult cat over 2 years of age, my son Austin by now 2 ½.  While Forrest remained remarkably tolerant of and affectionate toward Austin, his obsession with him was not quite as intense.  And the from moment we brought home our infant little girl, his attention turned from Austin altogether and Forrest once again became a cat obsessed, with yet another baby.
My wife took this photograph [see video for image] of Forrest after he had jumped in the crib to cuddle with Scarlett when she had turned to put some of Scarlett’s clothes in the hamper.  And you can clearly see, the love is not one sided.

In fact, wherever my daughter may be crawling around in the house, you will find Forrest right there, ready to cuddle her as she pleases, something she takes full advantage of often, as she does in this video my wife shot just the other day.
-    Video Clip of Forrest and Scarlett cuddling on the kitchen floor [see webcast for video footage] -
Yes, Forrest loves his baby indeed and Scarlett clearly loves him back.  While this friendship is a most unlikely one, it is as real as it gets, and for us and our extended family, a heartwarming spectacle that plays out every hour of every day right in our home.
I take heart in the fact that Forrest is still young, only 3 ½ years of age, and that hopefully one day he will still be with us the day Scarlett is old enough to appreciate this video and realize that her very first BFF in this world was a silver and black Devon Rex, named Forrest.
This is Roger Welton reporting, for The Web-DVM. 

Dr. Roger Welton is the President and chief veterinarian at Maybeck Animal Hospital in West Melbourne Florida, as well as CEO of the veterinary advice and health management website


Cuddle's' Daddy said...

This was GREAT! Only an animal chooses it's human!

catgirl said...

Probably your best video ever Doc!

Elizabeth said...

Your family is blessed to have a cat like that!

cher said...

wonderful commentary Roger. I love how sweet the cat is with the kids. Scarlett thinks he is her blanky and Austin his playmate. It is priceless. the kids are true animal lovers like dad and mom. You are so blessed with Forest and he with you. such a wonderful reminder of how we are all blessed with our animals who make our lives even more complete. Great one Roger. try to top this one!!

Roger Welton, DVM said...

Approached correctly - with patience, careful supervision and teaching the kids not just love of, but respect for the animals and a gentle touch - kids and pets really do complement one another. I coud not imagine my household without either! Thanks for the comments! Cher, topping this one will be tough!

Pam said...

OMG! That is the most precious video I have ever seen. The cat is amazing, but how about how much that baby loves the cat??? I wish I coudl see her reaction when she sees that vid as an adult one day!

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