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Woman Hears Squeaking Coming From Bushes — Then Sees The Tiniest Face

She was so sick she could barely walk — but now she's the goofiest, most beautiful cat 💕

Late one afternoon, a woman heard a tiny, squeaky noise coming from some bushes in her backyard. She poked around the bushes for a bit, and before long, the tiniest kitten ever emerged, incredibly sick and in need of help.

tiny sick kitten found in bushes
Sandra Lee

Knowing she wouldn’t be able to help the very sick kitten on her own, the woman contacted Sandra Lee, a known kitten fosterer in Los Angeles. Even though Lee had just taken in another special care kitten, when she saw the tiny kitten’s picture, she immediately knew she couldn’t turn her away. 

tiny sick kitten found in bushes
Sandra Lee

“She was found when she was approximately 6 to 8 weeks old, but it was a little difficult to accurately age her because she was so dehydrated and malnourished for her age,” Lee told The Dodo. “She had the characteristics of a 6- to 8-week kitten, yet weighed barely a pound, which is about the average weight for a 4-week-old kitten. Upon first sight, she was so dehydrated, every backbone in her spine was visible. She was covered in fleas, and we would shortly discover she was suffering from medical ailments.” 

tiny sick kitten found in bushes
Sandra Lee

As soon as Lee brought the kitten, later named Livvie, home with her, it became clear that her journey to recovery would not be an easy one. The poor thing could barely walk, and it almost looked as if she was suffering from some type of neurological disorder. She was also unable to poop on her own, despite trying her hardest dozens of times a day. 

“To be completely honest, I wasn't sure she would make it the first couple nights, and just wanted to give her a warm home and safe space,” Lee said. “For the first week, I honestly would be afraid to check up on her because she was so sickly.” 

tiny sick kitten found in bushes
Sandra Lee

Lee took Livvie to the vet as soon as she could, but everyone there was baffled by Livvie’s condition too. Her inability to go to the bathroom was causing the worst backup they had ever seen, and was likely caused from her life on the streets and not having access to proper food or water. They determined that her neurological symptoms were probably caused by the toxins from all the waste backup, but couldn’t be sure what kind of lasting effects there would be once she recovered. 

tiny sick kitten found in bushes
Sandra Lee

For the first four weeks in her foster home, Livvie spent most of her time at the vet. Her issues were so severe, no one was sure if she’d ever be able to recover. Her foster mom had to carefully monitor her medications, and also her food and water intake. She was so severely dehydrated that her tiny meow made her sound more like a goat than a cat. It seemed that Livvie’s road to recovery had no end in sight — but finally, after four months, little Livvie was completely healed. 

tiny sick kitten found in bushes
Sandra Lee

Once she was feeling better, Livvie’s personality began to shine through, and she transformed into the goofiest, sweetest cat. Her foster mom began the search to find her a forever home, and quickly found the perfect woman to adopt her. She sent her off to her new home, hoping for the best — but she soon realized that Livvie had her own idea about where her forever home was supposed to be. 

kitten found in bushes makes full recovery
Sandra Lee

Livvie did not adjust well to her new home at all, and spent most of her time hiding, only coming out to eat or play if she was completely alone. Her new mom tried everything she could think of to get Livvie to warm up, lying on the floor and talking quietly to her for hours on end, but nothing worked. Finally, Lee decided to go over there one day to see if she could help — and as soon as Livvie saw her, she was completely back to her old self, meowing like crazy and SO happy to see her. 

“I laid on the floor and just started to talk to her,” Lee said. “Livvie immediately let out a little meow and started wiggling her way out from under her hiding spot toward me. The nice lady said, ‘I think she wants to go home.’ Nearly 60 fosters in and out, and I knew we had ourselves our first official ‘foster fail.’" 

kitten found in bushes makes full recovery
Sandra Lee

As nice as Livvie’s new mom was, as it turns out, all the kitten really wanted was to spend her days with the woman who saved her life. 

Now, Livvie is back with her original family, and couldn’t be any happier about it. She fits right in, and is enjoying every moment of the second chance she’s been given. 

kitten found in bushes make full recovery
Sandra Lee

“Although we had special bonds with all our fosters, I think we knew Livvie was special,” Lee said. “We were always against foster fails as we are at capacity with our own resident animals, but Livvie clearly had other plans. As soon as we got home and I let her out of her carrier, she was completely her normal self. She knew she was home.” 

You can follow Livvie and her family on their Instagram account

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