A compassionate individual from California discovered a tiny tabby outdoors, alone without a mother or siblings. With the assistance of local rescuers, the kitten, named Jurgen, found his way to Ashley Kelley, a foster volunteer at Wrenn Rescues—an all-volunteer rescue organization in Los Angeles.
Jurgen, born with a cleft lip and the sweetest meow, faced an uphill battle for the first two weeks of his life, contending with severe pneumonia and other health issues. Despite his tiny size, he demonstrated remarkable resilience.
There were moments of uncertainty for Ashley, unsure if the kitten would pull through, but she continued the fight alongside the tabby, taking each day as it came. With a combination of antibiotics, nebulizing treatments, and oxygen, Jurgen’s condition began to improve.
Aela, another foster with a cleft lip, joined the scene to offer the little buddy some encouragement and a quick sniff.
“Oxygen made a significant, immediate difference for him. His color improved, his voice returned, and he was squirming around during feeding time,” Ashley revealed to Love Meow.
Growing stronger, Jurgen eagerly anticipated breakfast, purring and kneading away in his cozy incubator. “I was so proud of him and kept reminding him of all the wonderful things he had ahead in life.”
Jurgen took great pleasure in being groomed with a toothbrush, mimicking the soothing sensation of a cat mother’s tongue. After another week of meticulous care, the tabby boy showed signs of improvement and began moving around with newfound energy. He maintained stability with his treatments and consistently gained weight each day.
By the time he reached approximately two weeks old, Jurgen no longer required oxygen support or the majority of the treatments and medications. He had successfully transitioned back to being a typical, healthy neonate.
“His growth was stunted for several days while he battled illness.” Once his body healed, the tabby embarked on a determined mission to grow big and strong, indulging in hearty meals to his heart’s content. He developed a voracious appetite and transformed into a prolific purring machine.
“He adores climbing up into my face, rubbing all over it, and purring. If I’m not actively showering him with affection, he’s crying for me to come back and give him attention,” Ashley shared with Love Meow.
Jurgen finds great joy in being showered with affection by another cat, and Ashley knew exactly the perfect companion to pair him up with.
Shortly before Jurgen’s arrival at the rescue, another lone kitten named Luca joined with a similar narrative. Left behind by his cat mom, who never returned for him, Luca was rescued by a compassionate individual who promptly sought help for him.
Luca, weighing a mere 95 grams at the time, was resolute in his efforts to gain weight. He skillfully latched onto the bottle and devoured the food as if there were no tomorrow.
Once Jurgen caught up in size, the moment arrived for the two to finally meet.
Luca quickly warmed up to Jurgen and began shadowing him.
“Jurgen protested initially, but once Luca became sleepy and affectionate, Jurgen snuggled up to him. They napped together, sealing the deal! They’ve been inseparable best buds ever since,” Ashley shared with Love Meow.
Luca faces challenges with his eyesight and likely has tunnel vision.
“Due to his visual impairment, Luca is quite timid, and Jurgen plays a crucial role in boosting his confidence. Luca follows Jurgen to explore but wouldn’t venture out on his own,” explained Ashley.
Luca tends to follow Jurgen’s lead during playtime and snuggles up next to him when they nap.
“Jurgen has become an incredibly enthusiastic eater! He’s exceptionally outgoing, affectionate, and playful—always purring,” Ashley added. “In contrast, Luca is quite shy, and any loud noise makes him scurry away.”
With Jurgen by his side, Luca experiences a heightened sense of assurance, and the two friends complement each other beautifully.
“We would be thrilled to find them a home together because Jurgen provides Luca with so much confidence, and Luca explores the world by following Jurgen around,” expressed Ashley.