A couple of tied kittens insisted on staying together after the rescue.
Earlier this summer, a litter of kittens joined the Arlington Animal Welfare League in Arlington, Virginia for a chance at a better life. Volunteers from their Kitten College program worked tirelessly around the clock to care for them. Two smaller littermates needed special attention. Lauren Strycula, a rescue nurse, jumped in to help her and took her home.
The little tufts of fur were huddled together and kept comforted for the first few days.
They were so small and fragile and had some health issues to deal with. Little brother Jace got off to a rocky start and it took him a while to figure out how to eat from a bottle. Jackie, the nurse, snuggled up next to him to keep him company.
With medication and careful care, the twins perked up, sought affection, and gained significant weight. When Jace started wiggling his ears as he devoured his food, all the hard work and sleepless nights paid off. Jackie reflected his energy and was more motivated than ever to eat and play. They stayed happy and continued to progress.
Over the next several weeks, the couple really blossomed. They took their first steps out of their nest, discovered the litter box, and learned to eat together from a bowl. Although they look almost identical, kittens have different personalities. Jace is the troublemaker and Jackie is the gentle sister. Together they form a dynamic duo.
When they were old enough to spread their wings and fly, Lauren knew they needed a family that would open their hearts to both of them. Alexandra and Bryan were looking for a new addition to their family when they came across the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. They saw Jace and Jackie on Instagram and were instantly hooked. They reached the rescue and found that they were the perfect match for the kittens.
The kittens quickly settled into their new home. They got out of their truck and began exploring every corner together. “Little by little we exposed them to the rest of the house. Within hours of getting home, they bounced off the walls full of energy, ”said Alexandra Love Meow.
“At midnight that night, Dad found some cat music to help the cats calm down. The next thing we knew they had gotten into bed with us and snuggled up next to us!
The kittens, now renamed Whiskey (brother) and Pippa (sister), spent their first night between mom and dad to change. “The next morning, Whiskey snuggled against Daddy’s shoulder and fell asleep with his face in his beard!”
The adorable brother and sister share an incredible bond. They are always in sight and will not commit any crime without their partner. “They play together non-stop. They cry for each other when they are out of sight, ”said Alexandra Love Meow.
“They sleep and eat together. They even used the litter box next to each other. They love their toys and they love to build rustic houses ”. The two best friends have fun running around the house, sprinting, and jumping up and down furniture. They catch it and live their best life as twins.
“They love to lie in the hammock by the window during the day and people watch with dogs; the birds are particularly fascinating. If they don’t freak out, they quickly jump into our laps and snuggle up next to us with the loudest purrs, ”Alexandra said. The two beasts are not afraid to make demands and ask for attention. If a hot round isn’t immediately available, pat your humans on the legs or arms and don’t take no for an answer.
“Their love for each other is truly the sweetest thing. We are very happy to have kept them together and hope that others who are considering adoption will see their story and consider adopting a couple. ”