A fuzzy kitten and her tabby sister won the hearts of people with their fight to live.
Wild the kitten with fuzzy hairSara Tiedeman
Sara Tiedeman, a vet tech from California, took in a pair of kittens needing critical care. "They were transferred to the rescue I work with from another organization who didn't have a foster home available for them," Sara told Love Meow.
Sara who specializes in neonatal and critical care kittens, took them on right away. The kittens were frail and just skin and bones. "Wild (the smaller grey kitten with very fuzzy hair) was very underweight and underdeveloped. Brave (the brown tabby) was limp and nearly unresponsive."
She began tube-feeding the kittens around the clock to get vital nutrients into their tiny bellies. Not only did the feline sisters start to perk up, but Wild the fuzzy kitty even found her squeaky voice and didn't hesitate to use it. She figured out how to latch onto a bottle after just a couple of days.
Wild the kitten was palm-sized when she arrived in foster careSara Tiedeman
With feedings every two hours and rigorous supportive care, the duo bounced back on their paws. Wild started moving around her nest with her new-found energy, checking out her surroundings.
Brave the tabby was too weak to lift her head when she first arrived, but with good food, supplements, fluids and lots of TLC, she made great strides. It took her longer to figure out her bottle, but she was so happy to be loved on by her caretaker.
Brave the tabby kitten happy to be cared forSara Tiedeman
"They are both such tough girls. They were very strong during such a hard time in their life."
Wild was the smaller of the two, but a few feedings later, she was up on her feet and her appetite soared. She was able to eat her full meal on her own and started to really fill out.
Kitten checking out her surroundingsSara Tiedeman
"Wild is very mature for her age, she likes to observe her surroundings and keep an eye on everyone. Brave is just a bundle of love! After every feeding I cup her in my hands and give her kisses, every time she wiggles onto her back in happiness," Sara shared with Love Meow.
"They are both very special little ladies."
Wild the kitten gets bigger and fluffierSara Tiedeman
Brave made a breakthrough when she was strong enough to stand. She was purring at each feeding and tried to eat to her heart's content.
Watch Wild and Brave in this cute video:
"'Tiny but mighty' has never been more true. This girl is amazing."
Brave the tabby is a very snuggly kittySara Tiedeman
Wild has made good gains and is no longer that scrawny, malnourished kitten from day one.
"Her face looks so much fuller now. She's able to stand up and move around like a healthy baby. She's still eating like a champ and is as happy as can be! I'm so proud of her."
Wild is stable on her feet and takes steps with ease. Brave is a bit wobbly but working hard to hone her gait.
"It will be very interesting to see how Brave's mobility develops during each week! Regardless of her special needs, she is a happy and healthy girl and that's all that matters!"
Brave the kitten has a cute little folded earSara Tiedeman
"Both girls are at a healthy weight, they are bright and active! Wild is growing into such a cute young lady! She is so alert to the world."
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