Mia and Tess, The Story of Two Inseparable Kittens That will Move Your Heart

by lucythelumberjack

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Our cat Jingles ran away after three years, and we couldn’t live without cats. On January 7, 2012, we headed to the Humane Society, intent on picking out two kittens. My mom picked out a little 12 week old white female, but her brother and sister were left. Someone else took the brother, so we decided to adopt Snow and Annie, who would become Mia and Tess. This is the first picture of these little jelly beans.

 

About three days later, we took them to an unfamiliar vet using our free voucher we got when we adopted them. They had begun having diarrhea and vomiting. The vet told us not to worry... we SHOULD have worried, as it turns out the kittens had come down with parvo :( They quickly got down to less than 2 pounds each. We took them to our regular vet, where they would be seen every morning in the back alley (as to not spread the parvo). We also had to call the Humane Society so they could quarantine the rest of the cats. Who knows how many cats it had spread to? It broke our hearts when the vet asked us if we wanted to treat both, one, or neither. How could we have chosen? Of course we were going to save these little sisters. They needed each other.
About three days later, we took them to an unfamiliar vet using our free voucher we got when we adopted them. They had begun having diarrhea and vomiting. The vet told us not to worry… we SHOULD have worried, as it turns out the kittens had come down with parvo 🙁 They quickly got down to less than 2 pounds each. We took them to our regular vet, where they would be seen every morning in the back alley (as to not spread the parvo). We also had to call the Humane Society so they could quarantine the rest of the cats. Who knows how many cats it had spread to?
It broke our hearts when the vet asked us if we wanted to treat both, one, or neither. How could we have chosen? Of course we were going to save these little sisters. They needed each other.

 

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The kittens got shots of fluid in the back of the car every morning. At home, our orders were to feed them anything they could keep down, and to give them a nutrition paste and antibiotics twice daily. They soon became covered in medicine– you try force-feeding two 12 week old kittens liver paste. :/

 

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After a week or so, they perked back up! They went back to acting like real kittens. They still go to the same vet, and the nurse who saved their lives LOVES hearing about their antics!

 

 

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They were and are enamored with boxes, their kitty condo, and toys. Their condo was originally in my parents’ room against the window, and the blinds still have tiny teeth marks from where they chewed them 🙂

 

 

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Kittens are very loud. Meal time QUICKLY became their favorite time as they had unlimited access to kibble, as well as being fed small meals three times a day. They got a little wet food and a little cottage cheese (a good source of protein for malnourished kittens) and to this day, my father complains that we “ruined” them by feeding them so many different things as kittens. They have no shame in eating ANYTHING you’re eating, if you’ll let them.

 

 

Sisterly love <3 This is one of my favorite pictures of them!
Two Lovely Inseparable kittens

 

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About six months old. What a pretty kitty! Those gray “cub spots” faded when she was about a year old.

 

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Tess especially liked stretching out in sunbeams, and she still does! I love her little orange “eyeliner”.

 

 

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Mia Elizabeth has grown into a somewhat skittish, but VERY sweet little marshmallow baby. She loves drinking iced tea and begging to lick the bowl after you eat cereal. My favorite Mia story is the time when she jumped up on the dinner table as we were cleaning up, stole AN ENTIRE STEAK, ran around the house with her sister in hot pursuit (I imagined the Benny Hill theme playing), eventually ending up under the couch and whining when my dad confronted her.

 

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Tessie Anne has become a playful, silly girl who still loves to stretch, run, and play. She is a HUGE food thief and you have to watch her like a hawk at mealtimes, or she’ll go right up and steal the others’ food. She loves playing “boop the nose” with her sister Toni. 🙂 My favorite Tess story is when she was outside, theoretically having supervised playtime, but jumped the fence into the neighbor’s yard and forgot how to jump back over. I had to go ring their doorbell, explain that my cat was useless, and carry her sorry ass back to our house while she cried pitifully.
They will always be “the kittens”, even though they will turn 4 years old on the 21st! Happy birthday, twerps!!

 

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