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Though cats are often predators of squirrels, we’ve occasionally seen them form friendships when living together as pets in the same household. Even so, Rocky’s story is really something else. When Rocky the squirrel fell out of a tree as a baby, a woman placed him in a box of her cat Emmy’s kittens. Now there’s a risky move! But miraculously, Emmy let the baby squirrel drink her milk and treated him as one of her own.

Since Rocky was adopted as a cat at such a young age, he will always identify as a feline and can never be released into the wild — he would be an easy target for predators, with little chance of survival. In fact, Rocky feels so much like a cat that he purrs when humans pick him up and pet him. It doesn’t sound exactly like a cat’s purr — it’s more like a little chatter. But Rocky does his best with his squirrel’s anatomy, and doesn’t seem to know the difference.

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66 comments on “Surrogate Mother Cat Teaches Squirrel ‘Son’ How To Purr (VIDEO)”

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Marijke De Ridder
4 Years Ago


Nikki Snelgrove
4 Years Ago

That is just adorable

Ethereal Sift
4 Years Ago

Anthony Bradley

4 Years Ago

Sickening - that squirrel has a death sentence hanging over him. He will NOT recognize cats as the enemy (as the article points out). However, squirrels make ROTTEN pets. They bite HARD and chew through everything. When he is between 3 months and 1 year old, he\'s going to have to be released. And he will not recognize cats for wht they are. He should have been brought to a rehabber and if one was not close by, a rehabber should have been telephoned. - they\'re listed be every state on the web, usually under Fish Game And Wildlife. The rehabber would have given proper instructions. This may be cute, but realize what it is.

4 Years Ago

HA! that is a common grey squirrel or "cat" squirrel we call them. they are the only squirrels who NATURALLY purr! he was just answering his cat adopted momma but all grey squirrels purr.

Jason Tsang
4 Years Ago

That's damn cute, Jane =))

Susie Thomas
4 Years Ago

That's so cool. We had a pet squirrel & hand fed it. It fell out of a tree too.

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Janelle Jupe
4 Years Ago

That's beautiful Fred Red

Rena Perry
4 Years Ago


28 May 2014

Reminds me of the Squirrel stew my grandmother used to make. Was delicious. I have never eaten a gray squirrel as the we had were red tree animals.

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