"The remaining three kittens, all boys, progressed normally and moved on to rescue for adoption right on schedule," Rebecca Jewell, executive director of the National Kitten Coalition, told The Dodo. "Bijou progressed much more slowly, and at about 4 ounces, seemed to stop growing. She would gain a few grams, lose a few grams."
One night, Bijou's health severely declined and she almost didn't make it - but somehow she pulled through. The whole ordeal seemed to make Bijou stronger, and shortly after, she finally passed the 5-ounce mark.
"As long as Bijou was fighting and comfortable, I was going to fight right along with her," Spaulding said.