A tabby kitten insisted on sitting on a warm lap, watching her people and not leaving her side.
A litter of five newborn kittens were brought to the Arlington Animal Welfare League, Virginia, after they were found outside without a mother. Penny Richards, a rescue volunteer, did not hesitate to take her in.
Umbilical cords were still attached to the kittens, who were around two days old. They were only half a liter and were constantly looking for warmth and comfort. Penny placed them in a cozy nest with heated blankets and a cuddly toy and fed them around the clock.
Without the presence of a mother, the kittens began to suckle each other, which can be dangerous and harmful. They wore tiny protective suits for the first week until they grew out of the habit.
The kitten’s dwarf, Piccadilly or Dilly, stood out at a young age. She was the smallest and a petite little eater. Penny had to go to extra lengths to encourage her to eat.
“I used to start feeding her because she was the loudest and then I would go back and offer her more than anyone else finished.”
Dilly was the last to open her eyes. She attracted her people as soon as she first saw the world. “She loves people. When she was little and developing her eyesight, she just sat there and watched everyone around her,” Penny told Love Meow.
The little bundle of fur was already full of character. “She was loud when she was awake, but when she slept, she was always in such funny positions. You could cuddle her lamb (cuddly toy) more often than usual, even above.”
The tabby girl was not afraid to express her many opinions. She was tiny but had a powerful personality that she needed to make up for. “She found her voice early and she’s not afraid to tell you what she’s thinking.”
When she was three weeks old, Dilly and her siblings began to find their stand by waddling around. In no time they began to wrestle with each other in slow motion.
As Dilly grew taller and more energetic, her cheeky demeanor came out in full swing. When she discovered fuzzy ball toys, she was one of the first to check it out and hit it back and forth in the playpen.
As soon as the tabby got down from her crazy gambling breakouts, she would always run to her foster mother and fall asleep on her lap.
“She was very snuggly and would always climb on my lap to snuggle up while purring,” shared Penny Love Meow.
Dilly continued to chop her foster mother’s lap every day. She watched them attentively with those big doe eyes, as if she wanted to study everything her human did.
“When you came in with two days, she weighed a lot less than the others.”
Nine weeks later she was still the smallest in the litter, but no longer so small. The playful, wild tabby was always on the lookout for trouble and plotting antics around the house.
When she needed to recharge, she made her way to the next warm lap and curled up for a nap. “She’s always been a sleep-twitch, and sometimes she sleeps with her eyes open.”
“Piccadilly was a delight! From day one she had the greatest personality in the smallest body.”
“When her eyes opened and her gaze came in, she just sat there and stared at me, watched everything I did and took it all in,” Penny said.
“She was brave and loud and so entertaining, but little Dilly has the cutest side of her. She always came to cuddle on my lap and loved to sleep against me.”
“She never stopped purring and when I called her name she came running.”
When the kittens were big enough to be adopted, they quickly found their home forever. Dilly, the tabby girl, also met the family of her dreams.
After a few days Dilly won her new cat sister Ronan, who took the little one under her wing.
Dilly the mischief maker loves to play with Ronan’s cock and follows her around the house. She watches her big sister and tries to imitate everything she does. When they’re not wrestling or sleeping, they are likely watching the day go by side by side through the window.
“Dilly is getting so big. She’s five months old and weighs 5.3 pounds. She spends much of her day running around pestering her sister and watching the humidifier. She loves climbing up on the headboard and being with her cuddling me under the covers … she makes me laugh all the time with her silly antics, “wrote Shira, Dilly’s eternal person.
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