Here’s the story of a little, really little kitten who had a chance for a new life and loving owners.
Here’s Bijou the micro kitty.
This micro fur ball was just 48 hours old, when she got together with her four siblings to The National Kitten Coalition, a rescue group in Gainesville, VA.
They came from a small shelter in the countryside. The National Kitten Coalition said:
They were some of the lucky ones. Though they arrived in very poor condition, the foster was able to stabilize them.
Unfortunately one of the kittens didn’t survive, but the other four started to grow. The mascot of the group is the smallest of them and her name is Bijou.
The boys progressed normally and moved on to rescue for adoption right on schedule. Bijou, being the smallest at only 2.6 ounces on intake, progressed more slowly and at about 4 ounces seemed to stop growing.
The micro kitten had some trouble gaining weight, in fact as soon as she earned some grams, she immediately lost them. It was an unpredictable situation for some time.
There were a lot of discussions about the best course to take for her, but the foster insisted that as long as Bijou was fighting and comfortable, she would fight right along with her.
After nine uncertain weeks, little Bijou was still a micro kitten weighing only 8.2 ounces, but at least she was healthy and happy.
People often ask ‘why spend so much time/effort on one kitten when so many need help’; the answer for me is that every life matters and once a commitment is made, we don’t give up just because the road is tough as long as the quality of life is good for the baby.
Despite being so small, she balances her micro weight with her big charisma.
When she finally got 4 months old, Bijou weighed 1.6 lbs.
She will always be petite… but she has weathered all her challenges.
She is a testament to what fostering is all about…lots of care and love…saving lives.
Bijou is one of the lucky ones; so many do not get the chance. Even just a few weeks of your time can make all the difference in the world to orphaned kittens like her.
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