Last updated: 28 Sep, 2021
Published on: 13 Sep, 2021
The sweetest kind of nut with a little spice
When Bella fostered two rescue kittens, her home was filled with twice the feline love and snuggles. Fostering a second kitten not only helped bring the first one out of her shell, but also mutually benefited their personality development, and helped them be more confident about socialising with their humans.
Read Bella’s foster story of her bonded kittens in her own words!
Let me tell you about Peanut. Not the beloved snack but a tiny kitten that came to be with us when she was not much bigger than a nut.
Little peanut was found alone, cold and malnourished in an abandoned warehouse; no mum, no siblings and only 4 weeks old. When she came into care she was so scared and fearful that she wouldn’t eat. We weren’t even sure if she’d make it through the night.
The only thing left to do to save poor Peanut was to take her home, try to syringe feed her and keep her warm. It took hours until she finally took to her milk mixture, but that spark of hope was all we needed.
It was after a week of her recovery that Peanut’s personality started to burst and boy was she full of spunk. With all her spunk also came the realisation that this little warehouse kitty was potentially abandoned because her mum realised she had a neurological disorder. This meant that peanut couldn’t walk properly and shook slightly most of the time- but boy that didn’t stop her from being a typical playful kitten.
On discovering her condition we decided to try pairing Peanut with a kitten of similar age as a support pet. Little did we realise she would be the biggest support for her forever friend Salsa.
Salsa came to the shelter with two of her siblings but was the spiciest of the litter. She was extremely fearful and would lounge to scratch and even hiss when you’d come near. As she didn’t do so well with human interaction, we thought a furry buddy would be a great way to help her come out of her shell…or taco.
Skip to two weeks in, Salsa and Peanut were inseparable. Whether it be doing zoomies around the house, snuggling up to their hoomans or playing in the pot plants, you’ll always find them side by side.
The goal of pairing these unlikely kitties together was the hope that Peanut’s movement and coordination would improve, and Salsa would be less fearful and start to interact with people and her future owners. In the process, we helped create a bond that will be shared forever.
Where are they now?🐱🐱
Because they were rehabilitated so well under Bella’s care, Peanut and Salsa gained the confidence to be rehomed without each other. Both the kitties got adopted soon enough and are now with amazing humans!
Bonded pets you say? What’s that?
Bonded pets are considered fur friends that are emotionally connected. Just like two peas in a pod they need to stay together. Here are the bonded pets listed on PetRescue that are looking for third wheel human!