Two worried members of the public noticed a litter of four kittens wandering the streets. Their cat mother was nowhere to be seen, and the rescuers couldn’t abandon the kittens to their fate.
They took the kittens to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (in Virginia) so that they might receive the care they required. Penny Richards, a rescue foster volunteer, brought them home and began to work straight away.
Under all that fluff, the kittens were just three weeks old and were skin and bones. From the beginning, they were a close-knit clowder, as if they were attempting to keep each other company on the voyage.
While her siblings were soundly sleeping, Brook the dilute tortie was awake observing her foster mother.
“The first night was a challenge. They couldn’t latch on to a bottle and couldn’t consume solids since they were too young “Penny said.
“I prepared a creamy slurry out of wet food, and the four of them devoured it. They definitely didn’t know how to consume it correctly, and they were far too young to be eating it.”
Penny remained up all night to make sure the kittens had plenty to eat. “All that mattered was that they had something in their tummies that night.”
The kittens eventually got the hang of the bottle after a lot of practice and were settling in to their new home. They began to gain weight and ate like champions.
Water inspired the names of the cats (Beck, Brook, River, and Bayou). “Bayou has always been my courageous, feisty daughter, and at feeding time, she would scream at the top of her lungs for milk.”
Beck, the smallest kitten, need feeding help for a time before she was strong enough to eat on her own. Her siblings would frequently gather around her and cuddle her, as though to encourage her.
The kittens rapidly made their way onto Penny’s lap as they began to move and investigate. The word spread quickly, and all four kittens piled up on the warm lap for a snooze one by one.
Brook the tortie immediately became at ease in the company of her people and learned the art of lap cuddling.
“They definitely like piling up on my lap as soon as I sit down with them. Bayou and Beck’s favorite pastime is climbing up my sleeve “Penny informed me.
If additional foster kittens want to join in on the lap snuggles, they don’t mind. “They all run around chasing each other while playing and are the greatest of friends. They can be seen cuddling on my lap the majority of the time.”
“Beck has a priceless face to match her priceless spirit. She meows incessantly until I take her up, at which point she starts purring loudly “Penny was kind enough to share.
“River is the lone guy in a family with three girls. He has wispy white hairs on his bottom, as though he is becoming older.”
“Bayou is one to speak her mind. She is the loudest of the bunch, but loves to have a nice lap to sit on. Both Bayou and Beck love to ‘sploot’ on my legs when they rest.”
Brook likes to wrestle with her siblings and roll about, flaunting her adorable tummy. “Her coat is gorgeous, and her orange is so muted that, coupled with the grey, she is in fact a very light cream,” Penny wrote.
Penny’s tiny boss has emerged, standing on her lap and keeping a close eye on her.
After a tough beginning, the litter of four are thriving in foster care and ready to find a place of their very own, where they can get unlimited lap snuggles.
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