This is the story of the Chipmunk Litter, a group of foster kittens from Austin, Texas.
An Austin, Texas kitten fostering group, fixinsforkittens, shared a “perfect pair” on Instagram. Two kittens in a litter they dubbed “the Chipmunk Litter” were going home with a smiling pair of gentlemen.
“A handsome pair adopted by a handsome pair!!! How cute is this? Little boy Pana and his brother Sonoma were adopted as a pair by an equally handsome human pair💕” the group posted.
Previously, the men came to see the kittens, anticipating picking one to adopt. However, they then decided both needed to come home with them.
“These gentlemen came to meet the kittens last week to pick one and couldn’t decide between the two. When they called back to say they wanted to adopt BOTH, we were overjoyed!!”
Generally, adopting a pair works out perfectly as they have a playmate and companion.
🐿 The Adorable Chipmunk Litter’s Arrival 🐿
In a video, the foster group shared an adorable video of Pana and Sonoma when they first arrived over the summer. Their Mama was found at a muddy construction site in the foster family’s neighborhood.
“Love seeing them explore in their own paths and then come back to snuggle together 💕”
When they investigated, the emaciated mother cat was very friendly. Eventually, they rounded up all the kittens and bottle-fed them to supplement nursing as the cat regained strength and recovered from parasites.
“Mama cat is eating well but not producing enough milk on her own. She seems like a teenage mom, maybe 1-2 years old herself. Spay and neuter, y’all. This will be her last litter,” they wrote.
Well-fed and comfortable, the mama cat relocated the kittens to a cute cardboard taco truck. There, the kittens wiggled their ears while nursing, a sign they were well fed.
“🌮 Mama relocated her babies to the taco truck! 🛻 She must want to put them to work in the family business already. Way to teach them a hard work ethic mama 💪 “
The Chipmunk Bunch (and One Squirrel)
The Chipmunk Bunch’s names come from unique species of chipmunk, which each kitten closely resembles. (Who knew there were so many chipmunks?)
As for the Mama, she humorously earned her name from the larger-sized Sierra Madre ground squirrel.
Thus, the kittens are Hopi, Siski, Pana, Cliff, Sonoma, Uinta, and the mama cat is Sierra Madre. How cute and clever is that? Little Siski, the runt of the bunch, has the biggest personality, they say. Sadly, she had a leg deformity which later vets confirmed was broken. However, the “little scragglemuffin” is resilient and receiving ongoing veterinary care.
“Inspired by the species of striped woodland creatures they resemble…chipmunks! 🐿 🐿 🐿 🐿 🐿 🐿”
To celebrate the adoption of the precious kittens, the foster group shared some baby pictures. For more, check out the Instagram page.
“We wanted to share some old baby photos from the very first week we got this litter. We are so proud of them for winning such a loving forever home 🏡💝 “
Mama Teaches Pana to Climb the Stairs
Previously, the group shared a wonderful video when the mama cat was teaching little Pana to climb the stairs.
In another video, the kittens explored a sunbeam on the stairs. (chipmunk added)
“Catching rays for days ☀️ The babies found their first sunbeam and cannot get enough. I just sat and drank a cup of tea, watching them. Precious to see these little creatures look at the world with such wonder every day. The gift they give me every day is a reminder to do the same.”
Incredible Pictures of the Chipmunk Litter and Other Kittens
And, below, you can see the photographer did the impossible. Somehow, they got the chipmunk litter to take a picture together, with almost all looking right at the camera. Amazing, and maybe a glimpse of good luck to come.
Today, all of the Chipmunk Litter have found homes. Their gentle and watchful mother is now named Pickles and lives with a black cat named Pumpkin.
However, Siski is still receiving foster care and will for some time. Due to her leg and smaller size, they want to keep a close eye on her. Eventually, she will require surgery, but for now, she scoots, climbs stairs, and and “purrs the moment she is picked up.”
For more, follow @fixinsforkittens on Instagram, where you can donate to their wish list if you like.