Meet The Adorable Rescue That’s Less Than Half The Size Of A Normal Kitten

When newborn animals are abandoned or left to fend for themselves, they still need to be cared for and taught how to survive by an older, protective figure. If this doesn’t happen, their lack of basic skills could ultimately lead to their demise.
For Bijou — one of five rescue kittens who were only days old when found — this couldn’t ring more true. After being abandoned by their mother, the kittens were brought to an animal shelter in North Carolina. If they weren’t fostered soon, their future would be bleak.
Bijou, a particularly tiny kitten, was one of a litter of five that was brought to an animal shelter in North Carolina after being left to fend for themselves when their mother went missing. Although the kittens were safe, they were unable to get the necessary warmth and nutrients they would normally get from their mother.
That’s when co-founder of the National Kitten Coalition, Susan Spaulding, who is also a frequent foster mom to animals, volunteered to foster the litter of five. With more than 25 years of experience in fostering kittens, Susan was more than ready to step up to the plate and take care of the babies ’round the clock.
“I honestly didn’t know what the future held, but I was going to give Bijou and her brothers lots of love and hope for the best,” Susan said in an interview. Sadly, one of the kittens passed away shortly after she began fostering them, despite her efforts.
“The remaining three kittens, all boys, progressed normally and moved on to rescue for adoption right on schedule,” Rebecca Jewell, executive director of the National Kitten Coalition in North Carolina, said in an interview. “Bijou progressed much more slowly, and at about 4 ounces, seemed to stop growing. She would gain a few grams, lose a few grams.”
Bijou’s health continued to fluctuate and after a near-death experience things were finally starting to look bright for the tiny kitten. Once she was clearly on the mend, she began to slowly gain weight. After a few weeks she was up to 5 ounces and then after nine weeks she was up to 8.2 ounces.
Bijou is now eight months old and weighs 3.3 pounds. She continues to live with Susan, who is nursing the tiny kitten back to health. Bijou is expected to make a full recovery.
I’m so glad Susan was able to provide Bijou with the care that she so desperately needed.
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