A kitten has overcome many obstacles since birth, and transformed into a beautiful, happy cat.
Amelia the kittenMurphys Safe Haven
A couple of kittens who had been born early, were brought to Murphy's Safe Haven (in Texas) for a fighting chance at life. They were very small at two weeks old and needed intensive care.
"Both kittens were very sick and given a 5% survival rate. The first kitten passed away a few days later. I was determined to save the last kitten," Audrey W. of the rescue shared with Love Meow.
After many sleepless nights feeding and caring for the kitten, the pint-sized wonder began to put on weight and gain strength.
She was very tiny at two weeks oldMurphys Safe Haven
"As each day went by, this tiny kitten got stronger and stronger. She was soon given the name, Amelia," Audrey added.
Amelia was born premature and behind on her milestones. At seven weeks old, she was just the size of a 3-week-old kitten, and finally started eating from a dish by herself.
Amelia rolling around with her elephant cuddle buddyMurphys Safe Haven
Every time she crossed a milestone, it was something that the whole family would celebrate for.
"She wasn't supposed to live past 24-72 hours, so to see her live through another week was heartwarming to us," Audrey shared with Love Meow.
Patiently waiting for her bottleMurphys Safe Haven
Audrey and her family were in awe with Amelia's resolve to live a full life, as the kitten continued to exceed expectations.
"At 10 weeks old, she was the size of a 3-4 week old kitten when she should've been weighing in at least two pounds. Her growth was severely stunted but she was slowly getting there."
She was very behind on her milestones but determined to get big and strongMurphys Safe Haven
Despite all the efforts, the kitten still had a few nagging health issues to iron out.
"It soon became obvious that she was not like other cats. After getting more tests done, it was found that Amelia is positive for feline calicivirus. The doctor said, it was a miracle that she was alive with all her past diagnosis."
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When the kitten turned 12 weeks old she finally joined the one pound club, and made her people so proud. Through painstaking care and plenty of love, Amelia was getting healthier and more mischievous every day.
She was fearless and determined, and never let anything stop her from loving life.
Amelia finally reached one pound at 12 weeks oldMurphys Safe Haven
Her personality quickly emerged—she would harness her new-found energy to bounce around while demanding Audrey's constant attention.
When she was not zipping around or wrestling with toys, Amelia would watch her human intently and try to sneak a cuddle, being the perfect little companion.
She became very playful and rambunctiousMurphys Safe Haven
"As each day went on we got more and more attached. I saw something in her that I've never seen before in any other cat," Audrey shared.
She adores her human Audrey and follows her everywhere she goesMurphys Safe Haven
After months of determination to get to the bottom of her health issues, and hard work to get her back in tip-top shape, Amelia has made a great recovery and transformed into a beautiful calico princess.
Amelia has turned into a gorgeous calico princessMurphys Safe Haven
She is five months old now and still very tiny, but has a mighty personality.
"It's been an honor to watch her grow up into the beautiful kitten she's become," Audrey shared with Love Meow.
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"And I'm so excited to be able to watch her grow for many more years to come. Because Amelia has been adopted by us."
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