The furry feline was filled with excitement at the prospect of being a companion to the fresh-faced kitten that had been rescued from a nearby automobile dealership. These two adorable creatures were simply too cute for words!
Approximately a month ago, Erica Whitsell was contacted regarding an orphan kitten that required assistance. Erica, who works as a veterinary technician and rescues kittens, quickly learned of the kitten’s dire situation. The kitten was discovered in a car dealership parking lot all by itself without its mother present. Although the individuals who found the kitten waited patiently to see if its mother would return, she never did. According to Erica, “they did the right thing by waiting and monitoring the situation to see if the mom came back, but she never did.” Subsequently, Erica eagerly accepted the responsibility of taking care of the kitten after seeing the plea for help. “She was transported to me and I got to work,” Erica stated.
Parker, a cute little kitten, was just 5-6 days old when she was found to be extremely underweight. She was so tiny that she was smaller than the average newborn. It was evident that she had not eaten properly for a few days as she was nothing but skin and bones. Erica, her rescuer, was unsure of what to do as Parker was very fragile in the first 24 hours. However, Erica made her a cozy and warm nest and started feeding her with a bottle every few hours.
When Parker finally learned how to attach herself to a bottle, there was a noticeable improvement in her condition. She was famished and gulped down the formula as if she was trying to compensate for the previous feeding sessions she missed out on.
“I felt hopeful that she simply needed to adjust her feeding routine and increase her intake.”
As soon as Phoebe caught wind of a new feline in the household, she perked up with interest. Despite not being formally introduced yet, the resident calico cat kept vigil outside the kitten’s enclosure, closely monitoring the newcomer’s every move.
Erica revealed that Phoebe’s fascination with Parker grew as she began crawling and becoming more expressive. Phoebe spent hours sitting outside Parker’s pen, eagerly waiting for her to be able to join her in playtime.
Parker showed notable progress and increased vitality after spending two weeks under foster care. She gained confidence and was eager to playfully interact with her companion. Phoebe was ecstatic to finally meet Parker in person and spend quality time together.
Erica shared with Love Meow that Phoebe was always kind and affectionate towards Parker from their initial encounter. She said that Phoebe was teaching Parker the ways of being a kitten, particularly how to play properly and comprehend feline body language because kittens who grow up without other siblings require more guidance in these areas.
Parker has successfully learned how to use the litter box by mimicking Phoebe’s actions. The adorable calico is smitten with the little gray kitten and frequently motivates her to engage in playful activities and venture out of her cozy spot to discover new things.
Parker has achieved several significant accomplishments with the loving care of her foster mother and the unwavering support of Phoebe. Whenever they get tired from playing, Phoebe embraces Parker and they doze off peacefully together.
Phoebe is currently instructing the young cat on boundaries as she has become more playful. She demonstrates to Parker how to interact with other felines, and her patience is commendable.
Parker’s journey has been remarkable since she was rescued as a solitary kitten. The once timid feline has transformed into a joyful and lively cat with a plump belly. With Phoebe by her side, she is advancing at a rapid pace.
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