You’ve probably heard the phrase “runt of the litter.” It’s more than just a play on words. When an animal mother gives birth to a large litter, there is usually at least one kid who is smaller and weaker than the others. Things normally don’t go well for the runt of the litter in the wild. They often do not survive because they receive less sustenance than the others (despite the fact that they require more).
However, when it comes to pets such as cats and dogs, the runt of the litter frequently receives some outside assistance. A caring observer notices what is going on and provides the runt with additional tender loving care.
When Justina Strumilaite’s cat gave birth to kittens, she noticed that one of them, Brownie, was much weaker than his siblings. The tiny guy was so helpless that he couldn’t even get his fair part of mom cat’s milk. He came close to death. Brownie piqued Justina’s interest for a variety of reasons, including his long and very wiry fur and the fact that he only had two toes on one paw. In any case, she did an excellent job of caring for him, including teaching him to climb over the other kittens to receive the milk he so sorely need.
Thanks to Justina’s efforts, Brownie was soon thriving. She figured that when he grew up, he’d be a scruffy little cat with slightly long fur. Boy was she wrong! Not only did Brownie grow up to be an enormous cat but he got fluffier and fluffier. Seriously fluffy. Fluffier than you would ever think a cat could get. Overall, his coat is grayish-brown but his face, ears, and tail are much darker, giving him a truly unique appearance.
Justina definitely knows how to raise a cat! Have you ever raised a runt of the litter? Let us know in the Facebook comments and be sure to like and share this heartwarming story!