Deep within a Chicago forest sanctuary, two fluffy wonders named Bug and Burr were found, seemingly orphaned. These heart-stealing kittens were left to fend for themselves, their mother having mysteriously vanished, leaving them to the whims of the wilderness.
Speculations suggest the mother might’ve been relocating her litter and somehow lost track of Bug and Burr. Perhaps she ventured too far in search of sustenance or encountered one of the many forest perils.
But fate smiled on these two. Burr, with his striking silvery-black coat, had a piercing cry that reverberated throughout the forest, leading a kind soul right to them.
“The shelter received Bug and Burr after they were found deserted in the forest reserve. Their distress calls, combined with their state – covered in sap, seeds, and dirt – indicated they’d been alone for quite some time,” the Marigold Kitten Crew remarked.
Rescued from the treacherous wild, the kittens were soon placed in a shelter. But during the peak “kitten season”, even shelters can pose challenges for these vulnerable beings. Their fortune persisted, however, as they were taken under the wings of a doting foster mother. Given their age and lack of teeth, they required constant bottle feeding, a commitment not always feasible in bustling shelters.
“Bug and Burr are around 3 weeks, given the hint of incisors beneath their gums. While Bug was initially weak and dehydrated, after some care, he’s shown remarkable recovery. Burr, ever the spirited one, undoubtedly owes her rescue to her echoing cries,” Alyssa observed.
Fast forward a week and a half, and the once bottle-fed kittens transitioned to wet kitten food, marking their growth milestones perfectly.
“Bug and Burr have smoothly transitioned to solid food, and their first encounter with a tube of kitten churu was simply delightful to witness,” Alyssa gushed.
However, their forest ordeal did leave some scars. Overwhelmed by hunger, Burr developed a habit of suckling on her brother, Bug. Left unchecked, this seemingly benign behavior can be harmful. It appeared that this led to Burr’s digestive upset. Ensuring safety, she was momentarily separated from her sibling.
Burr’s misadventures didn’t stop there; she reveled in making messes! “She’s impressively messy! After facing some health issues due to suckling and a stomach upset, we got her the right medication, and she’s on the mend. Observing her playfulness return and her hearty appetite is sheer joy. Healthy stools in the litter box have never been more welcome!” Alyssa joked.
From vulnerable forest inhabitants to blue-eyed charmers, Bug and Burr matured into mesmerizing mini felines, seemingly plucked from a mythical tale.
“Bug’s dazzling blue eyes aren’t an illusion. They’re as mesmerizing as they look,” Alyssa beamed.
Once Burr regained her strength and vigor, she reunited with her brother. The two were now all set, waiting for their fairytale conclusion: a forever loving home.
“Bug and Burr, the dynamic duo, have transformed into agile mini cats. They love climbing, play-fighting, and constantly pester me for treats. But they’re yet to conquer the playpen – and I’m not complaining!” laughed Alyssa.
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