A litter of three kittens were found cuddled up together in a ball—the two tabbies wrapped around their trembling, weakened sister as they tried to keep her warm and safe.
Megan Sorbara, president of Naples Cat Alliance, was first alerted to the kittens by a concerned caller. She was struck immediately by the way the two tabbies clung to their little white sister." I felt like they were protecting her," Sorbara told Love Meow.
Then she realized that the little white kitten could barely walk on her own, and her siblings were doing everything they could to care for her in their mama's absence.
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"She has a very pronounced head tilt to the left, but she has a very healthy appetite and manages to roll to where she wants to go," says Sorbara.
The kitties were checked out recently at the Harborside Animal Clinic and pronounced healthy—even the little white kitten! While her doctor concluded that she may have a more complicated condition (which can't be determined until she's older), he's optimistic for now that her nervous system just needs a little more food, love, and time to develop fully.
NCA named the two tabbies Praline and Pistachio, and dubbed their little sister Coconut. An experienced foster mom, Sorbara has taken on the job of bottle-feeding the "ice cream kitties." She reports that Praline and Pistachio rarely leave Coconut's side.
While the litter-mates remain a tight-knit unit, reuniting them with their mom-cat is proving a more difficult task. "We have trapped at this location before, and she has witnessed everyone else going in," notes Sorbara, "so she is what we call trap shy."
For the time being, and in lieu of their true furry mom, Sorbara's dog Bitsy—an unashamed kitty lover—has assumed the unofficial role of nanny.
With Bitsy's help, Coconut is getting stronger every day.
While Sorbara cares for the babies, she and her team are continuing their efforts to find the mama and reunite the little family, and hopefully find them a loving forever home.
But even without their mom-cat, this tiny threesome is still incredibly close. "Even now they wrap around Coconut," says Sorbara. "It's the cutest thing.