In September of 2016, we ended up with 3 kittens born to a feral mother with Feline Leukemia. Despite 6 vet trips and extensive nursing, two of the three kittens died before they were a month old and their mother was not doing well either.
Long story short, we came very close to losing the third kitten also. We were so thrilled that she survived that we named her Johnny 5 as in “Johnny 5 is alive” from the movie “Short Circuit.” She does have Feline Leukemia too but we are determined to make whatever lifespan she has as filled with love as possible.
Thus our “we are grateful for” today goes to our adult (spayed female) cat Night who adopted Johnny as “her” kitten and helped us raise her. Every time I look at the picture in this post, I have to smile as I imagine Night’s body language is proclaiming “this one is mine!”
Note: that picture was taken when Johnny was not quite 5 months old. She is now a shade over 10 months old and slightly larger than Night. When Johnny was younger, we regularly saw Night hold her in place and give her a thorough grooming. Now-a-days, it is not uncommon to see Johnny hold Night down instead and groom her. They still sleep, eat and play together on a regular basis, so we count ourselves very lucky to have two cats who get along so well together almost all of the time.
Also published on Medium.