The ‘Swiftie’ kittens, Maroon and Lavender Haze were charmers right from the start in their Northern Virginia foster home. First, Jenny of Jenny’s Animal House took in Maroon, a solo black kitten with bright blue eyes. She joked he might be “part baby bear,” but he was an easy-going, chill bear. When he first arrived, he was just a few days old and needed round-the-clock feeding to survive.
Magical Maroon Moments
Jenny caught Maroon doing the cutest baby kitten things. For example, she shared the moment he gave a tiny baby yawn in the incubator. It’s the kitten therapy we all need.
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Then, the kitten woke up to her petting him with her finger to sweetly nuzzle her finger. The little magical moments like this are the ones that fosterers remember fondly forever.
Then, Jenny caught Maroon while he was dreaming. You can see he was kicking just one leg, and his tiny mouth was moving. Who knows what he was dreaming about, but perhaps he was dreaming of nursing his mama.
Maroon and Lavender Haze, the ‘Swiftie Babies’
When the baby bear was old enough, she introduced him to his new sister Lavender. “I give them lots of snuggles and cuddles, but nothing can replace the comfort they get from another kitten,” she explained.
“Happy 3ish weeks to Maroon 🥳 I’m fairly convinced that he might be part baby bear 🧸 I can already tell he’s gonna be a chill, laid back dude. He’s been such an easy baby from the start!!”
Their foster mama was inspired by listening to Official Cat Lady Taylor Swift’s album, so they became the “Swiftie babies.” Their names come from Jenny’s favorite tracks, Lavender Haze and Maroon.
A month later, Maroon and Lavender were becoming dangerously cute. Maroon was much bigger already, while Lavender stayed petite. His baby blue eyes turned green. Although much smaller, it was Lavender who ran the show with her chill brother. She was “the sweetest, friendliest, most social kitten” and charmed everyone, cats, dogs and people.
“I can’t with these two. They’re an odd couple but the cute factor they have together is off the charts. Maroon is such a big, fluffy butt compared to Lavender. She really is a delicate flower. But you should see them wrestle, she holds her own!! Lavender is definitely the boss and Maroon is her laid-back side kick 😻😛.”
Maroon the ‘Absolute Floof’
By seven weeks, Maroon was turning into an “absolute floof” and natural-born meowdel.
“It’s hard to capture the absolute floof that is Maroon. But trust me when I say he would out-floof most 😹 This boy is going on 7 weeks now and he’s as sweet today as he was when I started fostering him. He’s just a real life doll baby!”
Lavender the Swiftie Sprite
By eight weeks, Lavender was still petite and as cute as a kitten could possibly be. She soon went home to a new foster family, and Jenny was certain she would charm them until she made it her forever home. And just like that, she was off to start a new life.
“Lavender is 8ish weeks old now 🎉😳 I swear sometimes you blink and a month has passed!! She’s still a bit of a sprite 🧚♀️ when you compare her to Maroon. She’s just takin her sweet time becoming a big girl and I’m ok with that 💕.”
Maroon Heals Broken Hearts
Then, Maroon reached that big milestone of being neutered, which was bittersweet. Why? That meant he would be adopted, and Jenny would have to say goodbye to him too. But, she knew the adoptive family would be a special one. They had lost a kitten they had adopted previously due to serious medical issues. But when they were ready, Jenny knew that the “sweetest of sweet boys” could help them overcome their grief.
As she knew he would, he charmed his new family and made himself right at home.
“You can never replace a furry family member, but adopting and rescuing again can be a wonderful way to honor them,” Jenny said. “Maroon has been the most affectionate, social, loving kitty since he was just days old. I’ll miss him, but I’m so happy he has such a great new family to love him.”
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