Roughly two months ago, Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) welcomed four grey kittens in need of a foster home. Unfortunately, they were discovered outside without their mother at just one week old. Amongst the four kittens, one was in particularly poor condition, appearing emaciated and frail with crusty fur. It became apparent that this kitten required intensive attention from a knowledgeable caregiver. Penny Richards of AWLA took charge and offered to look after the litter. She placed them in an incubator to ensure they remained warm and comfortable since they were too young to regulate their own body temperature. Penny patiently attended to Twiglet, the weak kitten, cleaning her matted fur and feeding her small portions regularly to gradually build up her strength and weight.
Twiglet’s siblings – cherry Bakewell, Jaffa cake, and Jammie dodger – surrounded her with warmth and affection to aid in her recovery. They were provided with a special snuggle toy that mimicked the sensation of being near their mother. Within a day of being brought in, Twiglet had gained more than 20 grams and was noticeably stronger. She could now rest comfortably without the bothersome crust on her fur.
In the following days, she made impressive progress and her hunger increased. Penny shared, “She bounced back fast – within a week of being with me, she gained twice her size, became more active, and appeared healthier.” The four chubby kittens never missed a chance to express their hunger whenever Penny arrived with their milk bottles. They were loud when hungry, yet so peaceful once they were fed.
As soon as the little ones grew strong and healthy, it was time for them to move to fancier living quarters. Some of them quickly adapted to using their litter box while the rest caught on in no time. They loved snuggling together for nap time, but the moment Penny walked in, they would all rush over to her lap for a snooze instead.
Jammie dodger is a sweet and affectionate feline who takes on the role of a protective older sibling. She values her independence but loves to be cuddled, especially when she’s feeling sleepy. Although she may not seek out attention, once she feels relaxed and comfortable, she’ll happily melt into your arms.
Jaffa cake is the rowdiest and most playful cat in the group, and she never leaves her owner’s side. She enjoys playing and pouncing on anything that comes her way but loves to stare at her humans with her cute and adorable kitten eyes to get their attention and affection.
Cherry Bakewell is a feline who loves to be around humans. She enjoys climbing onto their shoulders and getting up close and personal, often touching noses with her favorite people. According to her owner, Jaffa cake and Cherry Bakewell are inseparable, always wanting to be near their human companion.
Twiglet is a darling and docile cat who loves to be petted and cuddled. She meanders around the house with her siblings, but always makes sure they are close by. She is a bit cautious when descending the stairs and will look for her brothers and sisters before proceeding. If they happen to run ahead, Twiglet will let out a soft meow until someone comes to her rescue. With her adorable little face, she often appears to be smiling as she purrs contentedly.
According to Penny, it was evident right from the start that Jaffa cake and cherry Bakewell had a close connection just like Jammie dodger and Twiglet. She shared this with Love Meow.
It’s suggested to adopt these cute little creatures in twos because they are a close group and prefer each other’s company all the time.
These adorable kittens have overcome their challenging beginnings and have bloomed into healthy and robust felines. They are now eagerly waiting to be adopted by loving families who will provide them with a forever home and a lifetime of happiness.