She drove over 40 minutes to pick up a kitten in need, only to find there was another kitten hiding in the back of the crate. Half the size of his siblings, with pale gums, he was shaking all over.
Ashley Morrison is an animal rescuer based in Seatle, Washington, She had found out about a litter of kittens being given away and immediately knew the tiny babies needed her help. After choosing one kitten to take home she would see what she could do to help.
The entire litter was being given away to whoever wanted them, un-wormed, un-neutered and un-vaccinated. While talking with the owner, Ashley asked if she could bring the required vaccines for the kitten she wanted to keep, as the owner clearly could not afford it.
When she arrived Ashley quickly saw there was more than one kitten who needed saving here. There, hiding in the corner of the crate was another even small black kitten. This black kitten was little more than a ball of fluff quivering all over.
Half the size of his brothers and sisters, Ashley could see his pale gums and is very visible tremor.
“There’s something very different about him,” said Ashley.
The owner agreed to Ashley taking him too as long as he got all the required medical care. The owner’s cat Mom was spayed so that this cycle of unplanned litters could be stopped.
Ashley named the tiny boy Munchkin, and his brother was called Moose. Where Moose acted like the kitten he was, Munch was behind the 8 ball in many ways.
After a trip to the vet Munch was found to have a neurological issue, along with that he was also found to be slightly anemic. At the age of only three months, he weighed just one and a half pounds. Concerned, Ashley monitored him around the clock.
From the outset, Ashley noted he was less active than her other kittens, though once he started to play that was it, he couldn’t be stopped.
“He squeaks if he can’t find me. He sleeps right by my side. He loves to nap on the couch and randomly gets energetic and plays with the others,” Ashley wrote on Instagram.
When his brother Moose was ready for his forever home, Munch still needed to grow. So Ashley introduced him to a new kitten so he wouldn’t feel alone when Moose left.
Munch met Betty the tabby, and the two hit it off from the outset. Even though Much was two months older than Betty, the two were almost the same size.
After Betty had her spay surgery, Ashley walked into the room and found her with her arms around Munch and him cuddling her.
A few weeks later, Munch reached the 3-pound mark (at 3.2 pounds) and was ready to be neutered and find a place to call his very own.
On August 24th, his dream came true. Munch and Betty were adopted together by a wonderful family with several feline friends in the house.
After a couple of hours on the road, the duo arrived at their new abode. Betty quickly settled in for a nap in her cat tree while Munchie snuggled up to his mom and dad for cuddles and love.
“Even though Betty is half his age, she’s just about his size. They are siblings from another mother, but are very bonded,” David and LuAnn, human parents, shared.
The little buddy has a huge appetite and is growing by leaps and bounds, including his legs.
“We have come to realize that Munchie is normal in every way, except for his vision. He’s not blind, but he seems to have some challenges. He tracks things mostly by noise or smell.”
“Now that he has been here for several weeks, he acts like a completely normal cat. Munchie will now race at warp speed from one end of the house to the other until he is totally exhausted. Unless he’s sleeping, he’s got to be doing something.”
“Munchie has blossomed into a wonderfully affectionate little boy, with no trace of shyness or trepidation,” the family said.
“He sleeps at the foot of our bed most every night. At some point in pretty much every day, he will decide that he must be on both of our laps. This results in very happy purring and lots of head bonks to your face.”
Watch Munch’s journey to his forever home right here below: