The runt of a litter of Jack Russell terrier puppies who was born at an animal shelter in London has become best friends with a kitten who was abandoned shortly after birth.
Buttons the puppy was born at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Old Windsor after her mother and father's owners surrendered the pair. Buttons's mom, Poppy, was very pregnant when she arrived at the shelter, and soon gave birth to a litter of eight.
Because Buttons was the runt of a litter, she wasn't getting enough food, so the staff decided to hand-feed her.
Kitty's situation didn't start out any easier than that of her newfound friend. She was brought to Battersea shortly after Buttons was born by someone who found her, abandoned at just a week old by her mother.
Battersea veterinary nurse Sascha Taylor, who is in charge of caring for Buttons and Kitty, said they tiny animals' situation isn't typical.
"Normally we'd hand-rear puppies and kittens separately, but we thought we could try putting them together as they are both so young," she said. "Luckily it's paid off, as they adore being with each other and do everything together – it's really very sweet."
Taylor said that hand-rearing Buttons and Kitty, now each 4 weeks old, isn't easy; she has to feed them every two hours, even during the night.
But Taylor said the hard work was worth it, and now the staff at Battersea is hoping the pair won't have to be separated once adopted.
"We're not sure if they'll be rehomed together, though it would be great if they did," Taylor said.
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