Random Acts of Love: How My Husband Saved Our Kitten’s Life

When it comes to random acts of love, one of the sweetest I witnessed was from my husband, Derek, when he and I were dating. We had adopted a little kitten who was only three months old. Mufasa was the sweetest kitten you can imagine! But he got very sick, very quickly. How Derek reacted to the situation — and what he did to help that tiny bundle of fuzz — showed me what a wonderful man I was dating.

I remember the weekend well: Derek had started getting really worried about Mufasa, who had only been living with him for a few weeks at the time.

“Mufasa was so sick that he couldn’t jump on the first stair of the staircase to go upstairs,” Derek recalled, “and he could just barely feed himself. We took him to the vet, and they didn’t know how to fix him. His temperature was astronomical.”

The vet ran blood tests, but nothing indicated what was wrong. They gave him antibiotics as a shot in the dark, along with an IV of fluids. After that treatment, they gave Mufasa back to us, saying they had done everything they could and that all we could do was hope for the best.

Back home, Derek tried to do his utmost to make things as comfortable as possible for his kitty. “Since I’d adopted Mufasa, he always wanted to be in the same room with me whenever possible,” he said. “And when I’d go to sleep, he’d come upstairs to the bedroom with me to sleep.”

But now Mufasa couldn’t do that; he was far too ill. He couldn’t even climb one stair, and Derek’s room was upstairs while Mufasa’s food and litter were located downstairs.

“I knew he couldn’t climb the stairs, so I grabbed a pillow and a blanket, laid down with him on the floor and kept him company all night,” Derek said. “If he was going to die, I didn’t want him to die alone and scared.”

Derek slept on the floor next to his kitten for a couple days, never wanting his sick cat to be alone — and Mufasa started to get better and stronger bit by bit. In just a couple days, he had made almost a full recovery.

When I saw how lovingly Derek treated our kitten, I knew that Derek had a great heart. That’s when I started to think that he was really a keeper! That was in 2011, and since then, Derek and I have gotten married. Mufasa is now a strong, healthy adult cat who plays all the time with a second cat we’ve adopted, Bilbo. And Mufasa still follows Derek from room to room everywhere he goes.

While the acts of love that Derek and I have shared are numerous after all these years, I’ll never forget those early days when his selfless actions showed me the kind of man he really is.

Image source: Stephanie Dwilson