Today, let us introduce you to one recent internet sensation named Janie. She's a tiny (and super adorable) kitten who, a couple of months ago, was rescued after being found abandoned on the side of the road in Ontario, Canada. Why do people adore her so much, you ask? Well, first of all, she's absolutely adorable. And secondly, she has this uniquely-colored fur that makes her look like a tiny baby raccoon.
After being found, the kitten was brought to the Tiny but Mighty Kitten Rescue. According to Melissa, the founder of the rescue, the kitty was quite active and vocal despite weighing only 82 grams. Melissa had a plan to keep Janie in an incubator for 2 weeks, bottle-feed her, and when she was proven to be medically clear, introduce her to the cat mommy named June, who was rescued as a pregnant cat a few weeks prior. And that's exactly how it all went.
Janie is now a strong and active kitten adored by thousands of people all around the world. Turns out, the silvery coat that stole pretty much everyone's heart is known as a “fever coat” and it typically occurs when the mother is ill while being pregnant. There's nothing dangerous about it to the kitten, though! However, the cat will probably lose the color once she grows up.
Bored Panda invites you to sit back and enjoy some of the most adorable photos of little Janie. Besides, we had a chance to ask Mellissa some interesting questions, so make sure to look for her answers down below.
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"Janie was found all alone on a sidewalk. The people who found her told me she was screaming for her life. She was left in the full sun which resulted in some pretty bad burns on her back paws," Mellissa told Bored Panda. "Janie is now 8 weeks! She was about 24 hours old when I rescued her."
"Her personality is so special! She’s extremely friendly, sassy, fearless and very affectionate! She’s constantly going around purring!" Mellissa told us. "I think people fell in love with her because she looks “different”. Janie was born with a fever coat which can happen when pregnant cats are sick or stressed. People also love her story because she got to join my other fosters, June and her 4 babies."
According to Melissa, little Janie was already catching the attention of the mother June while she was still in the incubator. June would sit there and watch Melissa feed the baby through a large window, anxiously wanting to help. "She wanted that baby so bad and kept crying at the incubator," Melissa told Love Meow. "June immediately accepted Janie as her own as soon as I was able to safely introduce them. June had to lick and clean her for a good 10 minutes, and then she cuddled up with everyone while June's babies were nursing. It was such a sweet moment to witness."
When asked, how she first got into rescuing kittens, Mellissa told us this: "I started a rescue on my own back in 2017. I was a previous volunteer for my local OSPCA in Cornwall, Ontario. Each weekend I was there I would witness people bringing in tiny newborn kittens and the staff would stick them in a room and close the door. I eventually connected the dots. They were euthanizing them instead of trying to save them. It really upset me! I cried for months and tried to figure out a way for them to let me foster. I was denied even though I offered to fully fund the care they needed. I also offered to bring the kittens back when age appropriate for adoption so they could still make on their adoption fee. No luck! I ended up fostering for another rescue for a few months and then decided to start my own rescue."
"The best part of rescuing is watching my foster babies grow and thrive in my care. It’s extremely rewarding!" the founder of the Tiny but Mighty Kitten Rescue told us. "It’s also so awesome to get to watch their adoptive families fall in love with them! I’m super fortunate that majority of my adoptive families stay in touch and constantly share updates. Some have even made Instagram accounts for all my followers and supporters can continue watching them grow!"