Family cat takes kittens in as his own after being left in an alleyway

A cat took three kittens under his wing and began looking after them after they were found in an alley.

Jennifer @newkittensontheblock

Three weeks ago, a litter of six kittens was discovered in an alley in Indianapolis, Indiana, with no mother in sight. They were given to IndyHumane (an Indianapolis-based animal rescue service) in a box and needed care.

Rescue volunteers have been working to ensure all kittens have a chance to thrive in a nursing home. Three of the kittens went to Jennifer and the others were taken in by Penny.

Bear, one of Jennifer’s house cats, was a huge help with any foster kitten that comes through the door. He first came to Jennifer as a caregiver over a year ago, and the cute cat never left.

Jennifer @newkittensontheblock

The new foster kittens (Fletcher, Olive, and Mara) came out of their luggage rack and began exploring their new digs, where they could find plenty of good food and a selection of toys to play with.

“The kittens were a little hideous at first, but they settled in right away. They were very playful and curious from the start and loved all the new toys,” Jennifer told Love Meow.

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“I could tell they missed their mother cat very much, so I gave them a heating pad and a stuffed heartbeat mother to comfort them.”

Fletcher quickly found his favorite spot on his foster mother’s lap.

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Bear could hear the screeching of the newcomers from the care room. His ears perked up and he was counting the days for a formal meet and greet.

When the kittens were medically clear, Bear was given the green light to visit his little friends. They sniffed each other through the panels of the playpen.

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“The kittens weren’t so sure about Bear at first, and there was a lot of puffing and hissing. However, they were curious and would ‘follow’ him when he was out of the pen.”

Bear couldn’t wait to get involved with the kittens and took it upon himself to get into the stable. It wasn’t long before the trio realized that he was a friend, not an enemy.

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When Bear started washing their faces, the kittens slowly blinked with satisfaction and leaned forward to learn more. “He added extra comfort by taking care of her as her mother used to do,” shared Jennifer Love Meow.

Check out Bear and his foster kittens in this cute video:

Carry the cat and its foster kittens

“Now they all purr when he’s around. They like to play with him and ask him for hugs and licks.”

Jennifer @newkittensontheblock

As soon as Bear enters the room, the kittens come running over to do some TLC. You watch him play intently and try to improve their feline skills.

Papa Bear holds you under his watchful eyes and showered you with love.

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The cute cat is overjoyed and has foster kittens everywhere.

“Bear is a very cheerful cat with an easy-going personality. He’s been a groom himself so he knows the exercise. He’s really good with all of the keepers he’s been able to interact with so far,” said Jennifer Love Miau.

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“His big kitten brother, Bodie, takes great care of him, but he never really lets Bear return the favor, so I think he enjoys having kittens who accept his love!”

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All three kittens have extra digits on their paws and large personalities.

“They have an extra toe on each paw for a total of 22 toes. Cats typically have 18 toes (five on each front paw and four on each hind paw).”

Jennifer @newkittensontheblock

After a difficult start in life, the six kittens thrive in foster care and can be adopted through IndyHumane when they are big enough.

From now on, Bär will take care of his foster babies and will love every second of them.

Share this story with your friends. Follow Bear and Jennifer’s foster kittens on Instagram @newkittensontheblock.

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