Cats Rescued From Bad Home Haven't Let Go Of Each Other Since
"They are our life and always come first."
The lives of of two kittens changed for the better - thanks to one family who knew they deserved so much more.
In October 2013, Haley Williams' father had just gotten out of the hospital. He had suffered a stroke and and it was a stressful experience for the entire family, Williams told The Dodo. A neighbor who lived not too far from them in Kansas wanted to check up on them, so Williams and her family stopped by to visit.
"Our neighbors have always had a bunch of cats," Williams said. "All of them outside, malnourished, flea-ridden, with eye infections and bad tempers. Inbreeding was a common occurrence ... While they are nice old folks, it always broke my heart to see those cats in the condition they were in."
During the visit, Williams' father came across a kitten whom Haley and her sister fell in love with at once. As they would learn, two cats at their neighbors' residence recently gave birth at the same time.
"My dad was watching all of the little babies toddle around with a little twinkle in his eye," Williams said. "He kept glancing at the emaciated, unhealthy full-grown cats and said, 'We can give one a good home.'" Williams' dad then decided on bringing home two - so the kitten would have a friend to play with.
Once all the newborn kittens were weaned, the Williams family went back to their neighbors' house, where they received two kittens. It was unclear if they came from the same litter or not - one was a soft gray and white mix while the other was jet black.
"We rushed them home and gave them baths with Dawn dish soap and spent forever picking fleas off one by one," Williams said. "They were scared and weren't used to human contact, but they warmed up to us really fast." Williams added that after her father's stint in the hospital, he took it easy and it wasn't unusual to see him resting on the recliner with the two kittens tucked away underneath his chin.
The black kitten was named Buckwheat, while her counterpart, another girl, was named Turnip. "It is unusual for us to get to witness the bonding between two cats of the same age growing up together because nearly all of the cats that have been a part of our family were single orphaned kittens needing to be bottle-fed," Williams said.
The amount of love the kittens held for each other was incredible. Williams said that even when they were taken to the vet to get spayed, they had to be moved into the same kennel because they kept reaching and calling for each other. When they returned home after the procedure, they were quick to hold on to each other in their sleep.
Today, Buckwheat and Turnip are 4 years old and adore their older brother Alvin, who was more than happy to teach them how to behave like cats
When the two aren't snuggling together, they're usually playing around, which almost always ends up in carpet getting flipped over.
While Turnip is usually the first to get into trouble, she's also the first one to suck up when she gets busted.
Her hobbies include ripping up bags and breaking into Williams' paint supplies, leaving multicolored paw prints all over the house. Furthermore, she's clumsy - but loves high places, which isn't the best combination, Williams said.
Buckwheat is the water cat and loves to get in the shower with whomever happens to be in the bathroom. "She's constantly splashing in the toilet for no reason other than she likes the sound," Williams said. "She always wants to cuddle after her splash sessions, so we have to deal with wet toilet paws."
In addition to cuddles, both girls are known to do whatever it takes to get their bellies rubbed, which is unusual behavior for cats, Williams noted. But she has no qualms about pampering them as they wish.
"I can't imagine these girls growing up where they were born and I'm stricken with sadness thinking about the other kittens from the litters," Williams said. "But I'm still happy that we were able to provide the most loving homes for our girls that I could ever imagine. They, along with Alvin, are our life and always come first."
Watch this video about a cat duking it out against a mirror: