Rescue Kittens Bathing in Saucepan Are Melting Hearts Online

A video of four flea-ridden kittens being bathed in a saucepan has gone viral online, having attracted a staggering 33 million views.

In the footage, which was shared to TikTok by a New York-based cat wrangler called Heidi, known online as Heidiwranglescats, we can see one by one tiny cats being dunked in soapy water in a sink.

Text overlaying the clip explains: "Bathing our newest rescue kittens!"

We then see the woman wiping one cat's wet fur as murky water drips into the saucepan below. "*This is weird* Oh hello, fleas," reads the text as we see an insect crawl across one of the feline's faces.

She then shows the stomach of a kitten, which is covered in red marks, revealing: "Wait WHAT. That is ALL Fleas. You'll feel so much better I promise. Rinse rinse rinse. Dry dry dry."

Next we see a shot of the red bath water in the pan, as Heidi adds: "This was after just ONE kitten. We refreshed the water after each kitten."

Thankfully the video ends with the four cats all dry and enjoying a meal: "Not such a bad first day indoors."


Bath time and one of the worst cases of fleas I’ve ever seen #fyp #kittenrescue #bathtime #kittens #catrescue

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According to, bathing a cat is a great way to get rid of fleas.

The site explains: "One of the first solutions to get rid of fleas is to bathe your pet. Just lukewarm water, or water and a mild soap, can help get fleas off your pet's fur and skin. The dish soap can help to drown adult fleas. If you're thinking about using a flea shampoo or something similar, talk to your veterinarian first."

Heidiwranglescats captioned the footage, which can be watched here, explaining: "Bath time and one of the worst cases of fleas I've ever seen #fyp #kittenrescue #bathtime #kittens #catrescue."


Bath time and one of the worst cases of fleas I’ve ever seen #fyp #kittenrescue #bathtime #kittens #catrescue

♬ Lalalatte - Tsundere Twintails

The footage has gained lots of traction online since it was shared on September 7, 2021, having attracted more than 7.3 million likes and 111,400 shares.

Many people also rushed to the comments section to share their praise for the woman's actions.

One TikTok user, Ruethepibblemom, typed: "Can't believe how red the water was and the fleas on that kitten you are a life saver."

Another person, Reanan, added: "Oh my!! Thank God you are saving these poor little ones [heart-eyed emoji]."

Captnbob1965 typed: "Oh lawd, all that blood and dirt. Poor things....great job btw [by the way]."

Hanne Møller gushed: "Poor kittens, all those fleas must've hurt [sad-face emoji] So glad you helped them!"

Kat admitted: "I'm a crazy cat lady and I just wanted to say I adore all the work you do. one day I hope to adopt from your wonderful service."

User2024635795667 joked: "Good soup."

Claire Bee commented: "Thank you for helping the babs keep their [blood-drop emoji] in their bodies!"

Foreverfrancesca_ asked: "Can someone explain why that water was so red ? I'm not really sure. Is that blood ?"

To this, an account by the name of Donna Gifford responded: "I believe so. From all the fleas biting the kitten."

Newsweek has contacted Heidi for comment.

A stock image of some kittens. A video of a woman washing rescue kittens to rid them of fleas has gone viral online. iStock