Little Kitten With Dwarfism Has A Sister Just Like Him
These little kitties prove that amazing things come in small packages. Elfie and Gimli are two siblings who were brought a shelter in British Columbia, Canada, with their mom when they were just kittens.
While their mom was a healthy, average-sized cat, shelter staff quickly realized that Elfie and Gimli had dwarfism.
"Luckily for Elfie and Gimli they ended up in a shelter where staff members were familiar with dwarfism in cats," their mom wrote on their Facebook page.
Gimli and Elfie's adoptive mom was actually the one who processed their intake in the shelter - she fell in "love at first sight" and agreed to be their foster mom ... and a month later she adopted them for good.
According to their Facebook page, now Elfie and Gimli "live happily with two dogs, two cats, and their loving mom & dad."
Their dwarfism doesn't keep them from normal cat activities like playing, napping around the house and being totally weird and adorable.
Now Gimli and Elfie's mom and dog use their quirky looks and large following on social media to promote adoption, tagging their posts with #AdoptDontShop and encouraging followers to rescue animals from their local shelters.
After all, without the shelter that saved them, who knows what would have happened to Elfie and Gimli?
But their family is quick to point out to their followers that Elfie and Gimli were not bred to be small, and they don't want to support "munchkin cats," a so-called "designer breed" of tiny cat.
Elfie and Gimli's family is prepared for the possible health challenges that may accompany their dwarfism, but they write, "they are healthy now and extremely loved by everyone who meets them."
And they have a lot of fans who've never met them too ... the two kitties boast over 100,000 followers on Instagram.
So far, Elfie and Gimli haven't let the fame go to their heads. You can see more of them here.