Tiny Tabby’s Triumph: The Heartwarming Journey of Kelly, the Kitten with a Lion’s Heart

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In a heartwarming tale of resilience and care, a tiny tabby kitten named Kelly, the smallest of eight siblings found in a cat colony, demonstrated an incredible fighting spirit. Discovered without their mother and brought to a local shelter, these kittens were given a chance for a better life. Jess Thoren, a dedicated foster volunteer in New Jersey, welcomed all eight kittens into her home.

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Kelly, weighing only 84 grams and noticeably weaker than her siblings, required special attention. Jess had to tube-feed the palm-sized tabby every two hours as she lacked the strength to bottle-feed. Despite her frailty, Kelly showed remarkable determination to survive, responding well to treatment for two small wounds found on her body.

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The tiny kitten’s journey was filled with challenges, yet her will to thrive never waned. With the help of her foster mother, Kelly gradually began to eat more and gain strength. Her ginger brother Zack provided comfort and warmth, often cuddling with her after feedings.

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After days of meticulous care, Kelly’s weight finally reached 150 grams. While still smaller than her siblings, this milestone was a significant achievement for the little fighter. Her foster family watched in awe as she grew more active and developed a healthy appetite.

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Despite being the smallest, Kelly never let her size define her. She eagerly took to her bottle and tried to keep up with her larger siblings in every way. Her development might have been slightly delayed, but her spirit was undeterred. She eagerly participated in playtime, showing off her feisty personality.

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Kelly’s journey in foster care has been a testament to her resilience. From a fragile, palm-sized kitten to a playful, happy tabby, she has overcome every obstacle with the support of her loving foster family. Her story is not just about survival, but about the triumph of a tiny creature with a lionhearted spirit. As she continues to grow and learn, Kelly’s future looks bright and full of potential.

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Jill Taylor

Jill is a full-time homesteader who enjoys learning about sustainable living and practicing self-reliance. She'll most likely be found tending to her many animals including chickens, ducks, goats, and alpacas. You can find out more about her on LinkedIn.