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 with a slight neurological disorder.

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

"We have Henry playing Alice. It was the perfect match," said Heather Muench, 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 after someone 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, both at her home and at her day job. It is at the Island-to-Island Veterinary Clinic in Ketchikan.

At home, she's getting lots of help from Henry. He is a male cat. 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. But 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 (126)
  • FVictoria-Cas
    5/26/2015 - 08:51 a.m.

    This is very cool. I think that it is so sweet that the older cat is caring for the kittens even though males usually don't do that.

  • SPDillon-Cas
    5/26/2015 - 08:54 a.m.

    This is cute that a grown male cat can take over the mother roll for the 6 abandoned kittens. It helps you remember that animals do what's right for their kind when it comes down to it

  • DianneP-Car
    5/26/2015 - 09:01 a.m.

    Yo goji la foto poor que es tierna y la istoria se trata de que la mama fue fuerte co su Bebe en la bariga

  • Miah-Pav
    5/26/2015 - 10:13 a.m.

    I think its so sweet that a male cat named Henry decide to take care of six kittens! He is acting as a mother figure to the poor 3 week old kittens with no mother. That's so nice.

    • jessicav1-sch
      2/26/2016 - 12:49 p.m.

      I agree with you because it is so sweet that a male kitten would want to take place of a mother.

  • ChrisRRojo
    5/26/2015 - 11:51 a.m.

    This is a really interesting article I never new a male cat can be a mom for these kittens. I really find this cute how a male cat takes in kittens under his wing.

  • JackR-5
    5/26/2015 - 12:12 p.m.

    A male cat took on the role of a female cat. He is watching over six kittens. They were abandoned, Then rescued by a group. Is very unusual for a male cat to act like this. The owner say he is doing a good job watching the little kittens. I think it is very cool that a cat can behave like this. Without him the pin the kittens would have died.

  • ShyannNBlue
    5/26/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

    I think thats awesome how a male cat would take the role of a mother cat. He is very, very sweet and gentle. And he has taken a shine to these kittens,

  • JasmynSPurple
    5/26/2015 - 01:44 p.m.

    I think it is a miricale that they found the kittens. Because cats are my favorite type of animal, and plus I don't know why someone would treat them so bad.. They can't do anything, they are harmless, and adorable.

  • JamesWgreen
    5/26/2015 - 01:47 p.m.

    That's very nice of the father, Henry to get to become the parent/guardian of the six kittens. The kittens are named after the show because there were 6 kids.

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