Kitten makes great strides with the help of other cats after being found orphaned
A kitten has come a long way and made great strides with the help of a cat and two ginger kittens.
An orphan kitten was taken to the Arlington Animal Welfare League (AWLA) for a chance for a better life. It wasn’t long before the volunteers realized he needed a feline friend.
“This precious little five week old was in the best of foster homes, but being singleton he really needed a buddy,” shared Lauren, a volunteer caregiver for the AWLA’s Kitten College program.
At the time, Kolbe, Lauren’s former caregiver and now a proud house cat, was the best candidate. Kolbe went through the trip himself and even helped other needy kittens along the way.
As a singleton, Lloyd the tabby came up with a somewhat wild side and had a lot of socialization to do. “He’s so cute and incredibly friendly, but he also likes to bite and nibble a lot when he’s feeling playful or affectionate,” Lauren wrote on Instagram.
Lloyd showed tell-tale signs of single kitten syndrome, in which the kitten tends to play very roughly along with other behavior problems. Often the best help comes from socializing with other cats or kittens. “Lloyd is a little guy, but he has some big opinions about what he wants and especially when he wants it.”
The feral kitten wasn’t shy about showing his naughty demeanor, especially when he was hungry or possessive of what he considered “precious”. He whipped his tail back and forth and screeched with all his might.
Then Kolbe came to play as a mentor, teaching him limits and soothing his bites.
“Kittens naturally learn boundaries and appropriate behavior from one another by playing and simply growing up together. As a singleton and orphan, and now as a boy with an emerging strong personality, Lloyd is a wild kid,” wrote Lauren.
The little tabby imitated Kolbe and accompanied him everywhere.
Lloyd, who was so young, was very receptive to learning. He looked up at Kolbe, followed his lead, and romped around with his new best friend.
While Kolbe showed him the ropes around the house, Lauren used swaddling techniques to soothe the kitten in a purrito. “It is very effective at socializing and calming young kittens.”
Lloyd began to relax and enjoy the process of cuddling with his humans. At that time, two ginger kittens, Checkers and Stripes, who are close to Lloyd at their age, made their debut with Lauren.
“These handsome guys were raised by another caregiver, but she generously let them be friends with Lloyd to tame a little of his savagery,” said Lauren. “It really takes a village to raise healthy and well-adjusted kittens.”
As soon as Checkers and Stripes was ready for a proper meet-and-greet, Kolbe took them under his wing and accepted them as his own. But it was Lloyd who couldn’t contain his excitement. “He was overjoyed when he met his new lion cub friends.”
Instead of cuddling with his favorite lion toy, Lloyd will now snuggle up to his ginger friends and purr himself to sleep.
“Thanks to all of his big brothers, the difference in Lloyd’s behavior is like night and day,” said Lauren.
Kolbe insists on giving the little mischief-maker a compulsory bath every day, as if it were part of his love language. “You have such a great relationship between brother and little brother. They quarrel and wrestle and love one another.”
Since the arrival of the ginger kittens, Lloyd has made incredible strides.
“Though his personality is likely to get wilder and wilder (and we wouldn’t have him any other!), Lloyd is noticeably happier and more content and his behavior as a singleton is all but gone.”
“There is a misconception that cats are loners. However, all of the research by feline behaviorists suggests – and Lloyd’s own story proves – that kittens lead healthier lives over the long term and make better overall pets when they have friends,” added Lauren .
Lloyd bloomed in just a month. The progress he’s made is amazing.
The three foster kittens have just turned eight weeks old. Kolbe, the big brother, is so proud of his little protégés, especially Lloyd.
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