Over the summer, twin kittens Jace and Jackie arrived at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington in Arlington, Virginia. Later, they would become known as Whiskey and Pippa. At the rescue, Kitten College program volunteers began the time-consuming work of caring for the twins. Each newborn kitten requires extensive care, so the volunteers work around the clock, reports LoveMeow.
And thanks to all the hard work and effort, twin kittens like Jace and Jackie have a chance for survival.
The brother and sister twins are nearly identical and were just tiny balls of fluff. So young their eyes were still opening, the twins clung to each other for support. Like many abandoned kittens though, Jace and Jackie were weak and facing some health issues.
They were so young; these kittens needed a lot of extra TLC.
A Kind Foster Mother Saves the Twin Kittens
Fortunately, one of the volunteers, Lauren Strycula, was up to the challenge of caring for the twins’ special needs. For example, little Jace was so tiny that he struggled to feed on a bottle. So, Lauren had to stay up without sleep, trying to get him to eat.
Thankfully, his sister Jackie snuggled up to encourage him, and eventually, he got the hang of things. Soon, Jace began wiggling his ears as Lauren fed him from the bottle. Now, he and his twin sister began to thrive and gain weight. It made all the hard work worth it to see the kittens grow strong together.
See the video from LoveMeow below:
Jace and Jackie Get a New Home and Names
What’s cuter than one fuzzy kitten? Why, twin fuzzy kittens, of course. That’s what Alexandra and Bryan thought when they spotted Jace and Jackie on Animal Welfare League’s Instagram page.
Ideally, Lauren wanted the kittens to stay together, and her wish came true. She found the perfect couple who prepared for weeks for their new fur baby’s arrival.
“I will always remember the kittens’ contagious joy for life, their immediate trust towards anyone they ever met, their silly and infectious personalities, and their sweet love for each other,” she wrote. “My part in the twins’ story may be ending but their happily ever after starts now.”
A New Life Together as Whiskey and Pippa
Soon after adoption, Jace and Jackie received their new names. Jace became Whiskey and Jackie was now Pippa. Or, their full titles are “Ms. Pippa, 👑 Queen of the Jungle!” and “King Whiskey!”
On Instagram, Alexandra and Bryan shared a video of the twin kittens’ arrival in their new home. Although they required surgery, they were active and full of energy.
“Hey everyone! We made it to our new home 💕 We cried a little in the car and it broke our parents hearts but we eventually calmed down.”
To help, Bryan found some special music made for cats to help keep the twin kittens soothed.
“And next thing we knew, they had jumped into bed & snuggled right up to us! Whiskey and Pippa spent the night switching between the two of us & this morning. Whiskey fell asleep with his face buried in dad’s beard!” 😻” wrote Alexandra.
By the next day, the kittens were rambunctiously playing together, having all kinds of fun. Soon, they had explored every part of the house together. In between, they napped together, gave each other baths, and looked out the window on a window hammock.
As you can see, the twins are always together, cuddled up, frolicking, and exploring. Today, the happy family says, “words cannot express how grateful we are for Lauren and all of the memories she created with the twins!”
On her Instagram, Lauren, who frequently places tiny hats on her tiny rescues, encourages adopting in pairs. By doing so, the kittens receive behavioral and emotional support from their furry friend. As tightly bonded and happy kittens from the same litter keep each other occupied with play, it can also make it easier for their humans to care for them.
The twin kittens’ story made it to The Dodo (see the heartwarming video below).