Be healthy, Bijou!
Rescuers made the decision to assist when they learned that a rural shelter in North Carolina was home to five newborn kittens. The kittens had to be removed from their cramped, freezing confinement as soon as possible.
The National Kitten Coalition’s co-founder Susan Spalding offered to take all five kittens. Spalding was able to care for the kittens because she had 25 years of expertise with them.
Unfortunately, one of the kittens didn’t make it because of their bad health. The sole girl in the litter, Bijou, was the tiniest and grew the least amount of weight. Her weight began to plateau at about 110 grams. She became unwell and had a serious illness. Fortunately, she managed the illness and added another 20 grams after recovering.
It’s unclear why Bijou is so diminutive. Spaulding has already produced such “micro” kittens (like Bijou), and the vets’ sole explanation is that congenital cardiac issues coexist with the absence of certain hormones or enzymes.
She became the family’s pride despite her little size. A happy little bundle of joy enjoys purring while perched on his mistress’s knee. Bijou is the happiest kitten and doesn’t appear to be aware of the fact that she is different from the other kitties.
Everyone is affected by the enthusiasm she exudes, according to Spaulding.
At 8.5 months old, Bijou weighs 1.6 kg. Bijou is still residing with the Spalding family in Charlotte, North Carolina, despite her size.
According to Spaulding, “Every life matters to me. When I accept responsibility, I don’t give up, even when the going gets tough.”
Healthy living, Bijou!