Two litters of kittens were found in a cat colony without their moms. They were brought to a local shelter for a chance at a better life. Jess Thoren, a foster volunteer based in New Jersey, stepped up to help and took all eight into her home to care for them.
She noticed that one of the kittens was much smaller than the rest. “I got the kittens when they were only one week old. Kelly (the tiniest tabby) was only 84 grams. She was very weak,” Jess said.
Because she lacked the strength to eat from a bottle, the palm-sized tabby had to be tube-fed every two hours. Jess found two minor ᴄᴜᴛs on her tiny body and began ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ right away. The small warrior was ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇᴅ from the edge of ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ and began to perk up. Her foster mother urged her to eat, and she took long naps to help her small body recuperate.
Kelly’s brother Jack, who is almost twice her size, is always the one to take care of her after every feeding. He cuddled her and even let her lie on top of him.
After more than a week of round-the-clock care, the tabby cat finally reached the 150-gram mark, the size of a one-week-old. “That might not seem like the biggest accomplishment since all her siblings are at least 100 grams bigger than her, but I’m so proud of her,” Jess wrote.
With her remarkable willpower, the tiny ball of fur continued to wow her foster family. Every day, she got more active, and her appetite improved as well. When Kelly was strong enough, she held her wine bottle like a champ. Although she is much smaller than her siblings, she does her best to keep up with the larger cats.
Kelly is trying day by day and constantly growing to reach one milestone after another. Nothing makes her happier than rubbing her belly and cuddling her every day. She also mingles with her siblings a lot, chasing, running around the garden together. Now Kelly can eat normally, grow up very quickly and be adopted into a happy family.