A kitten wasn’t growing until a kind person took her on. As it turned out, she fit right into their home.
A litter of kittens arrived at Best Friends Felines, a cat rescue in Brisbane, when they were around seven weeks old. Among them, there was a calico who was exceptionally small compared to the rest of the litter.
She was nearly half the size she was supposed to be and didn’t show the same vitality as her siblings. “It soon became evident that something was wrong as she was failing to thrive and not putting on any weight,” Nikki, president of Best Friends Felines, shared.
“Even after a number of days in care, she was weighing almost 200 grams less than her closest littermate.”
Nikki took on the calico and provided lots of good food and supportive care to help her thrive. She named the kitten Adele for the powerful voice that she possessed as a tiny youngling.
“The moment she couldn’t see someone she would scream out.”
Around the time when Nikki met Adele, her beloved calico cat, Chyna, of 21.5 years sadly passed away. Nikki was grieving her loss when the little calico kitten came into her life.
Despite being so small, Adele was equipped with a set of pipes that easily persuaded Nikki to stay by her side.
While Nikki tirelessly nursed the calico, hoping to get her back on track, she found comfort in the little ball of fur.
At her first vet visit, Adele was unwell with a suspected Liver Shunt, and her future was uncertain. After weeks of painstaking care and plenty of TLC from her foster mom, she started to make good gains.
By the time Adele returned for a checkup, she impressed the veterinary staff with her improvements. She nearly doubled her weight and even gained a little rotund belly.
Nikki was over the moon to see Adele getting better and stronger, catching up in size. In the weeks that followed, the sweet calico continued to wriggle her way deeper into Nikki’s heart.