Cat keeps her only kitten close every step of the way, hoping for the family of her dreams

A cat rescued as a stray has a very special relationship with its only kitten.

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Earlier this year, a 3-year-old cat was brought into animal care and control in New York City. She was pregnant and in dire need of rescue. The shelter reached out to Little Wanderers NYC and asked if they could help the mother-to-be.

The little walkers’ volunteers, Megan and Tyrone, immediately jumped into action and picked them up. “She was given to the shelter by someone who found her a stray. She was pregnant late and was very uncomfortable at the shelter,” Little Wanderers told NYC.

“We got in touch to help her so that she doesn’t have to be born in an animal shelter.”

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The cute tuxedo arrived at a nursing home that evening. After a quick look at her new dig, she went to her humans for some much-needed pets and TLC.

They called her Penelope and she was instantly a love bug. She was so happy to be safe and have a quiet place to bed. She switched on her cord motor and let it rumble the whole time.

“Penelope was healthy, easy going and happy to be inside,” added the Rescue.

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A few weeks later, the tuxedo gave birth to two kittens. Unfortunately, one of them passed away shortly afterwards. The surviving little tabby apple clung to his mother and continued to nurse. He did everything to become big and strong.

He was so small at the time, but already showed the spirit of a mighty warrior.

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Mary the foster mother created a beautiful retreat for mother and son so they could relax and enjoy themselves without worrying about the world.

Penelope had a plentiful supply of food within reach and plenty of soft blankets to knead with. She would not stray from her precious baby and make sure it received the best care a mother could offer.

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When she forgot to eat and devoted her time to her only baby, Mary brought her food so she wouldn’t miss a meal.

Over the next few weeks, Apple grew by leaps and bounds. His personality started developing as he figured out how to play and walk around.

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When the tabby boy began to venture out of his nest, Mama Penelope watched over him every step of the way.

She cooed for her kitten to return and bathed him after every game session. There was no escape when Mama Penelope ordered a mandatory bath.

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The infatuated mother cat has put all her energy into raising her only furry child. Apple clings to Penelope as much as Penelope clings to him.

Apple loves nothing more than falling asleep in his mother’s arms. The two have been inseparable since day one.

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Apple is becoming more active, curious, and malicious. Penelope is never far, keeping an eye on him and making sure he doesn’t get in trouble.

She endures all his rough play, helps him improve his feline skills, and teaches him how to be a real cat.

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“Mama Penelope and her beautiful boy Apple are up for adoption together,” wrote Little Wanderers NYC.

“They share a bond that cannot be broken. And it’s especially poignant since Apple is the only survivor of his litter.”

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Penelope loves her life with her little pride and joy.

She liked to wrap her arms around him when she sleeps. Knowing that he is by her side gives her immense joy and comfort.

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