Ashley Morrison, a rescuer, living in Seattle, Washington, heard about a litter of kittens being given away, and just knew she had to help them. “They were being given away un-neutered, un-vaccinated, no dewormer, or any type of medical care. I asked if I could take them,” Ashley shared with Love Meow. “After speaking with the (owner), I offered to bring vaccines and dewormer for the kitten he planned on keeping as I knew he couldn’t afford it.” At first, she thought there was only one kitten left to be rescued, but when she got there, she discovered a second kitten in the back of the crate, shaking.
The tiny ball of fur was only half the size of his siblings. Ashley took a close look at him and noticed his pale gums and tremor. “There’s something very different about him,” she said. The man agreed to allow Ashley to take him as well, as long as she could get him the medical care he needed. They also got the momma cat spayed so the cycle could end. The tiny kitten was named Munchkin, aka Munch, and was very petite for his age. And while his brother, Moose, behaved like a kitten, Munch was a bit behind him in many ways.
After his first appointment, Munch was found to be a bit anemic and had some type of neurological issue.
At almost three months old, Munch only weighed one and a half pounds. Ashley was keeping a close eye on him around the clock to make sure he was thriving.
He had a tendency to cross his eyes sometimes and was generally less active than the other kittens, but when he was in the mood to play, nothing could stop him!
“He squeaks if he can’t find me. He sleeps right by my side. He loves to nap on the couch and randomly gets energetic and plays with the others,” Ashley wrote on Instagram.
When his brother was ready for adoption, Munch still had a lot of growing to do. Ashley paired him up with a new arrival so he wouldn’t be lonely once his brother went to a good home.
That’s when he met Betty, the tabby, and the two quickly became the best of friends. Despite being about two months her senior, they were very similar in size.
After Betty had her spay procedure, Ashley walked into the room and found the kitten with her arms wrapped around Munch while he cuddled her.
A few weeks later, Munch reached his 3-pound milestone (at 3.2 pounds) and was ready to be neutered and find his forever home.
On August 24, his dream became a reality. Munch and Betty were both adopted together by a wonderful family with several feline friends waiting for them in their new forever home.
After a few hours on the road, the duo arrived at their new abode.
Betty was quick to settle in for a nap in her new cat tree while Munch snuggled up to his new mom and dad for some quality loving cuddle-time.
“Even though Betty is half his age, she’s just about his size. They are siblings from another mother, but are very bonded,” David and Erika, human parents, shared.
“Munchie is about 5.5 pounds, and Betty is 4.6 pounds. He’s a sturdy boy, whereas Betty is a bit more lanky,” Erika told Love Meow. “He is such an affectionate boy. He loves his cuddles. and he also loves to play! He’s really into chasing his older brothers and sisters down the hall and around the house.”
Though still small for his age, the little kitty has an enormous appetite and is growing by leaps and bounds, especially his legs.
“We have come to realize that Munchie is normal in every way, except for his vision. He’s not blind, but he seems to have some challenges. He tracks things mostly by noise or smell.”
“Now that he has been here for several weeks, he acts like a completely normal cat. Munchie will now race at warp speed from one end of the house to the other until he is totally exhausted. Unless he’s sleeping, he’s got to be doing something.”
“Munchie has blossomed into a wonderfully affectionate little boy, with no trace of shyness or trepidation,” the family said.
“He sleeps at the foot of our bed most every night. At some point in pretty much every day, he will decide that he must be on both of our laps. This results in very happy purring and lots of head bonks to your face.”
Here’s a cute video all about Munch’s journey.
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Source: Love Meow