We have two 5+- week old kittens that the mother left to our care. I don't know if she died or just walked off since we never knew we had a pregnant cat. We have some 2-3 month old ones, but we know the responsible momma with these and she stayed with them.
Anyway, no one seemed to be caring for these two so we finally started feeding them and bringing them in at night to protect them from the baddies that roam the garage at night.
One was a little smaller than the other and did not eat as much, but seemed healthy until this morning. We found him laying on his pillow with eyes open but no movement whatsoever. Just very shallow breathing.
I tried moving him, rubbing him, tickling, anything to try to get him to respond. With eyes not blinking and such lifelessness, I planned on digging his grave later today, but my helplessness prompted me to ask our Lord if there was anything else I could do.
All I could think of was to keep petting him and letting him know we cared. His twin sister kept trying to get him to play and she eventually just laid down against him.
Of course I became a bit emotional so I had to leave. There was nothing more I could do and she was keeping him company. I dreaded coming back in later to remove him.
When I came back an hour later, he still had some breath in him and I actually considered finding a humane way to put him to sleep, but then his tail moved. Just a twitch but he had been completely lifeless for so long, it was encouraging.
An hour later he was walking, shaky but walking and probably 30 minutes later you would not have had a hint that he had been in his previous condition. There may be a explanation for it but all I know is I asked and for some unknown reason, he answered.