Brooklyn and her cat Max McTavish

The healing love of a little girl

Six-year-old girl overwhelmed by birthday present on video

Her smile isn’t exactly the same as it was back in May, there are spaces, but she is still the same little girl in a youtube video that went viral.

In the video, the little girl is absolutely thrilled to get a kitten, so much so that the video has been shared on People magazine, the Huffington Post, The Telegraph in the United Kingdom and of course on Facebook.

Brooklyn is six years old and all she wanted for her birthday in May was a kitten.

“I was pretty sad and I missed my kitties, Monty and Cramer,” said Brooklyn.

She attends Saseenos elementary school and is a passionate animal lover. When the family’s older cats died from cancer, her mom Rhiannon Kostecki said ‘no’ they wouldn’t be getting any more cats for awhile. Kostecki is a veterinarian’s assistant at Saseenos Veterinary Services and has brought home her share of animals needing hospice care. She just wasn’t ready to take on another cat.

But, after a Persian cat had a C section and delivered a litter of six, things changed in the Kostecki household. Most of the litter didn’t survive but two did. One was healthy, the other had a heart murmur and couldn’t be sold. The owner of the Persian was a reputable cat breeder and knew the cat with the heart murmur needed  someone to take him as he was.

“He has a  genetic abnormality,” said Rhiannon. “Tortoiseshells are mostly female, he is a male.”

The breeder had brought the cat in and Rhiannon saw the X-rays and felt she has known that funny little cat for a long time.

So, when the family surprised Brooklyn on her birthday with the tiny, little fluffy orange kitten, Brooklyn was overwhelmed.

“Oh, my gawd, I can’t believe my eyes,” is the first thing she said when she lifted the little kitten out of the bag.

She just sat with the tiny sick kitten and petted and fed him. The two are  inseparable and they curl up with each other every night.

“They are all warm and snuggled up,” said Rhiannon. “He’s purring and she’s smiling.”

At first she called him “Spot” but now the cat’s name is Max MacTavish, a name Brooklyn made up and it suits him. Currently Max has a strange look, he’s been shaved readying him for neutering. He looks like a lion, but he has the personality of a kitten.

The love of a little girl sealed the hole in his heart and they are constant companions.

Brooklyn has changed her mind about being a veterinarian and now wants to be an artist because she loves art.

“Art is more fun,” she said.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=713dobr-4r0

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