A kitten got here with a bit of white beard that step by step disappeared as she received again on her ft.

Flower the kittenShelby Thorpe

Late final month, Shelby Thorpe, the founding father of Shelby’s Kitten Safehouse (in Portland, Oregon), took in a tiny kitten named Flower that wanted vital care.

“Flower came to me when a vet friend of mine asked if I could take two bottle babies that had been surrendered to the county shelter,” Shelby instructed Love Meow.

Both kittens had been in poor form, and regardless of their greatest efforts to avoid wasting them, Flower turned the only real survivor. “I knew she would be okay when she started eating from the bottle willingly.”

sleepy kitten

She was rescued from the county shelter and confirmed a tremendous will to dwellShelby Thorpe

Flower got here with a cute white chin that seemed like a beard, and salt and pepper fur round her stomach and limbs. “Her little white beard was likely fever (or stress) coat,” Shelby shared with Love Meow.

The situation can happen when the cat mom is sick or beneath stress throughout being pregnant. In Flower’s case, the pigments hadn’t been correctly deposited in her chin fur and some different areas of her coat.

bearded kitten, cute white chin

Flower wore a bit of white beard. She recovered from infections and her eyes openedShelby Thorpe

She additionally got here with an eye fixed an infection (neonatal ophthalmia) that wanted to be handled instantly. “Sometimes infections develop behind their eyelids, and if left untreated, can cause serious damage and vision loss.”

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Shelby cleaned her eyes by making use of a heat compress. After days of round the clock feedings and painstaking care, she was in a position to save the kitten’s sight.

Flower gained a voracious urge for food, plenty of power, and a chonky, wholesome stomach in only one week.

Sweet kitten FlowerShelby Thorpe

She turned very energetic and interested in her environment, and would change on her purr motor as quickly as she was touched. “She’s feisty and doesn’t let anything stop her from getting what she wants,” Shelby instructed Love Meow.

As the kitten continued to hit one milestone after one other, the silver-grey fur step by step turned darker because the pigments started to kick in. The little white beard slowly vanished over the course of some weeks.

Her little beard step by step disappeared as she grewShelby Thorpe

Watch Flower the kitten on this cute video:

Flower the kitten


“Flower is doing amazing. You’d never know she had such terrible eye infections by looking at her eyes now. Her little white beard has disappeared almost completely.”

purrito kitten

Little purrito kittenShelby Thorpe

Knowing how a lot Flower enjoys having a relentless companion, Shelby launched her to a different foster kitten, Polar. The older kitty took Flower beneath his wing, confirmed her the ropes, and egged her on once they performed and wrestled.

cute kitten

Flower has blossomed into an lovely panther kittyShelby Thorpe

“She loves playing with her older foster brother and climbing up onto my bed for snuggles,” Shelby shared with Love Meow.

“She is going to be one tough cookie after growing up wrestling with a cat more than three times her size. These two are such an adorable pair. Polar has decided he is her ‘mother’.”

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Flower and her foster brother PolarShelby Thorpe

Flower has come a good distance since she was rescued as an orphan. She has blossomed into a fantastic younger girl who is keen to be beloved and adored.

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Look at her nowShelby Thorpe

Share this story with your folks. Follow updates on Flower and Shelby’s fosters on Facebook and Instagram @fosterkittenlove.

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