What better cuddly bonus could there be?
When a family moved into a new farmhouse, they found something unexpected in the barn that was on their property: a mama cat and her litter of adorable little kittens. When the family moved into their new house in the countryside of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Canada this year, they quickly discovered that their new home and property came with a few energetic little kittens. As it turns out, the cat family had been living there in the barn for quite a while. The Canadian winters are famously relentless, so the new homeowner, Joanie, quickly put out warm shelters in the barn while she set about trying to find loving homes for the kittens.
Joanie planned to get the mom, a feral cat, spayed before she became pregnant again, and then find the kittens some help through a rescue organization. After no one else offered to help, Joanie sent a plea to a Montreal cat rescue, Chatons Orphelins Montreal, about 700km away from where she lived. "She contacted vets and shelters in Abitibi, but couldn't find anyone to help her. So we made a commitment to take them in," Celine Crom, an employee of Chatons Orphelins Montreal explained. The organization set a humane trap in the area, and one of the kittens wandered into it but the others remained a bit more elusive.
They named the little kitten Jules and he was shy at first, but warmed up to the humans quickly after he got some food and some loving affection. Joanie continued to try to catch the rest of the cats and a kind person volunteered to help her out by taking the kitten to the rescue so that he could get the needed medical care like vaccinations. "Jules did very well on his long car ride to the vet and went to his foster home for socialization," the volunteer, Celine, said. He apparently discovered that feathered toys are lots of fun to play with.
Jules was fostered with a lady named Marie-Lyne and ended up being a huge love-bug. He loves being carried around like a little baby. Eventually, the remaining two kittens were caught and taken to safety, eventually being reunited with Jules. Meanwhile, Joanie has finally located both the cat mom and cat daddy and is working on getting them fixed. The great thing is that the two feral parents will continue to live in the barn they call home and they'll have some loving caretakers and a warm home in the winter. Watch the video below.