Male cat takes on role of mom Henry, a male cat, cares for some kittens at a home in Ketchikan, Alaska (AP photos)
Male cat takes on role of mom
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Six abandoned kittens named after the kids in "The Brady Bunch" TV series are getting a nurturing boost. It has come from an unlikely source. A male cat. He has a slight neurological disorder.

The 3-week-old kittens are named Jan, Marcia, Cindy, Greg, Peter and Bobb. They have been adopted by Henry. He is an 8-month-old male cat. He lives in the southeast Alaska community of Ketchikan.

"We have Henry playing Alice. It was the perfect match," said Heather Muench. She was comparing the cat's role to that of the lovable live-in housekeeper on the old TV series.

Muench is a volunteer with the Ketchikan Humane Society. She is caring for the kittens at home. Someone had put them into a cardboard box and left them on a road on Prince of Wales Island.

Children walking home from school heard the kittens crying. A humane society volunteer living on the island had the kittens flown to Ketchikan.

Muench is providing round-the-clock care. She does it both at her home and at her day job. She works at the Island-to-Island Veterinary Clinic. It is in Ketchikan.

At home, she's getting lots of help from Henry. She and her husband adopted him from the all-volunteer Ketchikan Humane Society. Henry's disorder affects his coordination. It causes him to walk unevenly and prevents him from jumping.

What he lacks in motor skills is more than compensated by his demeanor.

"He is very, very sweet and gentle. And he has taken a shine to these kittens," Muench said.

Henry spends hours licking the kittens clean. He has become very attached.

Muench takes the kittens to work with her to continue their care during the work day. Taking them away raised Henry's angst.

"I couldn't get them out of the crate fast enough to satisfy him. He was very, very happy to have them back," she said of her return home from work.

The kittens face an uncertain future. That's because they're too young to be vaccinated. But Muench said Henry's care could be a difference-maker.

"It's kind of unusual for a male cat to take on the role of mother. But he's doing a fabulous job. And he's probably increasing their chances of survival," she said.

Critical thinking challenge: Why were six kittens named after the kids in "The Brady Bunch" instead of some other show?

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COMMENTS (14)
  • annabel1226-yyca
    5/26/2015 - 08:59 p.m.

    If that cat was a regular cat he will have killed the kittens. But he was a sweet little cat that saved the six kittens. He should be rewarded. The cat have to be healthy to watch over the kittens. Good luck with Henry and his owners.

  • John0724-YYCA
    5/26/2015 - 09:44 p.m.

    I wonder how the male cat feel about having to take care of the three week old kittens Jan, Marcia, Cindy, Greg, Peter and Bobb because he didn't give birth to them and it would be very hard for him to have a role of a mom because moms work hard to keep their babies healthy and living. The male cat Henry should be very tired to have so many kittens to take care of and I wonder if the kittens notice anything strange about their new parent because Henry might look nothing like the kittens' mother.

  • brady.q-
    5/27/2015 - 10:41 a.m.

    The story is all about male cat takes a role of mom.they named the six kittens after a TV show the BRADY buncnh they names six kittens and six kids name

  • brady.q-
    5/27/2015 - 12:11 p.m.

    This story is all about a male cat name Henry had kittens they wanted to name the kittens Afetr a TV show the BRADY bunch they had six kittens they wanted to name the kittnes jan Marcia Cindy Greg Peter bobb.

  • galvinc-
    5/27/2015 - 12:12 p.m.

    This story is about a male cat named Henry who takes care kittens as mom .There were six kittens i think that was Good that the mom adopted these six kittens and I was happy to see that the male having six kittens named after the six kids on the Brady Bunch .

  • brady.q-
    5/27/2015 - 12:39 p.m.

    This story is all about a male cat named Henry the kittnes got flown Ketchikan in a cardboard box and left them in the road. They had six kittens.

  • CharlotteR-Saw
    5/28/2015 - 12:36 p.m.

    Aw! I like when cats spend time with each other caring for one and other! Like my cats max and Daffanie

  • ellie21-Bla
    6/05/2015 - 11:12 a.m.

    i think it is so so sweet how the cat was looking after the kittens.it reminds me of my cat and dog.

  • ChristianAcuna
    6/14/2015 - 09:49 p.m.

    Opinion: I was really amazed when reading the article, because I had never heard something like that. I always thought that male cats didn't take care of kittens. In this particular case in spite of Henry's disabilities, he has something special that other cats don't have. In my case, my cat will never take care of kittens, since he is so selfish and aggressive. Who knows, maybe this event could ocur with other species in the animal world. But surely Henry is an example for other animals even humans.

  • camilacontreras
    6/18/2015 - 12:26 a.m.

    The text tells the story of six kittens were adopted and looked after by a cat named Henry, who has mobility problems, has trouble walking and jumping.

    This was not a challenge to care for six kittens, he spends the day cleaning them and caressing them.

    In my opinion this is wonderful, because it is very difficult for a male cat care for cats who are not their offspring, this is common among females and it makes me happy to know that life expectancy increases Henry.
    The kittens were put on name of the children of the TV series because the woman who cares and cares for Henry who compares the life of kittens with the children's series "The Brady Bunch"

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