Kitten found stowaway turned out to be a caring cat for other kittens in need

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Kitten found stowaway turned out to be a caring cat for other kittens in need

One kitten found as a stowaway turned out to be the cutest cat for other kittens in need.

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

Kolbe, a tuxedo kitten, was two weeks old when he was found by employees of a tractor supply store. He was huddled with his three siblings in the middle of a pallet containing 50-pound bags of seeds.

The kittens were later found to be stowaways brought to the store with the seeds from the regional warehouse. Unfortunately, her mother did not survive the transport.

The staff jumped into action and worked together to get the kittens to safety. The Arlington Animal Welfare League was contacted and Lauren, a rescue volunteer, stepped forward to help.

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

“I was so grateful for these good Samaritans, but I didn’t know then how much we would be indebted to them. I picked up Kolbe and his siblings and brought them home later that day,” Lauren told Love Meow.

The plan was to make them big and strong and prepare them for their future forever.

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

Lauren worked tirelessly for several weeks, finding the right foods, medications, and supplements to treat the kittens’ stomach problems, and nursing them back to health.

“Their growth was slow during this time, but they were always in good spirits and were some of the most physically loving kittens I have ever cared for.”

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

Kolbe quickly became the group’s biggest love bug. Even if he was half a liter, he had so much to give.

“At first, Kolbe was a sweet and serious little soul with huge, solemn eyes and a tiny, downward-pointing mouth,” shared Lauren Love Meow.

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

“As he grew his personality exploded and he turned into a goofy, charismatic and extremely lovable boy with the magical-sounding purr.”

The kittens blossomed in foster homes and were days away from their next journey in life. Before they knew it, Kolbe had crept into the hearts of his foster family.

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

“We had serious discussions about keeping Kolbe, but we told ourselves that we were sponsors and that this was part of the process.”

Check out Kolbe and his journey in this video:

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After sending the kittens to their new homes, it was bitterly sweet to know that this was the end of the chapter. “But as it turned out, this wasn’t the end of our story with Kolbe.”

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

A few days later, Lauren received a message about the return of Kolbe due to concerns about an illness. The tuxedo always had wide eyes and a slightly protruding forehead. After several vet visits, they concluded that Kolbe either had a very mild case of hydrocephalus or just an extremely kissable forehead.

“We knew we couldn’t say goodbye a second time. Everything was so nicely arranged and it was obvious that this magical boy should be ours.”

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

A few weeks later, three new caregivers (Lucy, Levi and Lucas) made their debut with Lauren. Kolbe heard their meows from the kitten room and wanted to say hello. He waited patiently for the kittens to be medically clear.

“He loved watching them through the playpen. If he ever heard any of them cry or make a noise, he would rush to them.”

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

When the former caregiver first joined the new kittens in their nest, Kolbe was overjoyed. He began to get involved with them as if he knew exactly what they needed.

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

Kolbe took on the role of big brother, watched over his little charges, showed them the ropes and taught them how to be a real cat.

The three gray tabbies looked up at him, mimicked him as he played, and followed his lead.

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

“I couldn’t have asked for a better big brother or teacher for my foster kittens. He just loves the young children and is always very forgiving of them,” said Lauren.

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

“He can teach them things that I just can’t. And the babies get the love, care and comfort from another cat that they can’t get from their mother as orphans.”

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

Kolbe the tuxedo boy has grown into a beautiful, healthy kitten.

Yesterday, Lucy, Levi and Lucas officially finished grooming and went to their homes forever. Kolbe was so proud and excited to help more kittens in need.

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

“I love that my future carers have Kolbe and that he will have them. That strengthens his own socialization and surrounds him with all the friends he could want,” Lauren told Love Meow.

“It wasn’t a foster mistake when we adopted Kolbe. It was a win-win-win situation.”

Lauren @our_fostering_tails

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