Tiniest Orphaned Kitten Holds onto His Rescuer for Love, Then and Now

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This little kitten was found without a mom at the tender age of just one day old. His eyes were still closed and umbilical cord attached. He was desperately looking for some motherly love.

Meet Tidbit.

Courtesy: Hannah Shaw @kittenxlady

Little Tidbit was found alone outside, crying for his mom. He went without food for about 10 hours until he was rescued and taken into a foster home.

Hannah Shaw (@kittenxlady), a kitten rescuer in Washington, DC, took the tiny orphaned baby into her care and gave him a nice meal and a warm bed to sleep in.

"No baby should be separated from their mother, but it's particularly heartbreaking to me when they are orphaned at one day old and are a singleton," she said.

Hannah kept the little fur baby warm and fed around the clock, and little Tidbit began to thrive.

Courtesy: Hannah Shaw @kittenxlady

At such a young age, Tidbit needed a lot of love and TLC.

"Even an orphan can feel motherly love when they've got a dedicated foster mom and a stuffed animal to snuggle! Tidbit has always slept in the same position -- curled up with this stuffed mama cat, complete with a battery operated heartbeat," Hannah said.

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At 20 days old, he began to learn to walk and snuggle.

"I love watching this lil guy explore his world with big, bright eyes!"

Courtesy: Hannah Shaw @kittenxlady

Hannah used a toothbrush to teach little Tidbit how to groom. "One way to teach kittens about cleaning is to gently groom them with a toothbrush to imitate a cat's rough tongue."

"Tidbit is beginning to get the hang of it!"

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He was on the small side.

"Even though his weight is below average, he's got a healthy body composition (look at that chunky belly!)… he's just tiny," Hannah said.

"It's typical for orphans to weigh a little less than kittens raised by mothers."

Courtesy: Hannah Shaw @kittenxlady

It's been nine weeks and a lot of sleepless nights. Little Tidbit has blossomed into a beautiful, playful, and healthy kitty.

"Tidbit hasn't left my side since the day he was born and nothing warms my heart like knowing he can trust me," Hannah described their bond.

Courtesy: Hannah Shaw @kittenxlady

Watch this cute video:

The little singleton just went to his forever home a week ago. He's loving his new life.

Courtesy: Hannah Shaw @kittenxlady

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