This absolutely precious little Chimera kitten, which goes by the name of Apricot, will be looking for her forever home in just a few short weeks.
Currently being cared for by the Nashville Cat Rescue in Tennessee, Apricot has already stolen the hearts of workers and visitors alike with her strikingly unusual fur pattern. With the look of a ginger cat on one half of her face, and dark brown fury on the other half, she has charmed over 1,000 of her foster mother’s followers on instagram with requests to adopt the two-tones kitten pouring in.
The Nashville Cat Rescue has an instagram page on which they share photographs and stories of all the cats and kittens that have rescued over time, keeping supporters and fans informed on the importance updates going on throughout the rescue.
“Apricot and her family are NOT currently available for adoption—they need lots of growing, weaning, and veterinary work first.” The Nashville Cat Rescue mentioned in the caption of an adorable photograph of Apricot posted to their Instagram account on Tuesday 6th March.
Chimera cats are exactly what they appear to be; they are the product of two different cats that have blended into one in the womb as a result of two embryos merging together during their development. This results in a Chimera – a cat with two sets of DNA, as was explained by Apricot’s foster cat mom, Kiki in her introductory Instagram post for Apricot on March 6th.
Kiki also added, “Chimeras also have eyes that don’t match, called heterochromia. Too tough to tell with this little one as her eyes won’t settle into her adult color until she is 7 weeks of age.”
Apricot and her brother Pretzel had a difficult start in life after being found inside a wall during a construction project. With very little time to waste with such delicate little newborns, the family that found the lost kittens waited as long as they dared before calling the local rescue to collect them and take them to safety.
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“Have you met Apricot? This unique baby was found with her brother during a construction project.” Nashville Cat Rescue told its followers on instagram the day they received Apricot and her brother.
In an interview with Bored Panda, one of the rescue’s other foster moms, Kayli described how Apricot and Pretzel came to be in foster care, and how they are adjusting to their new life.
“After waiting for [the mom cat] for quite a few hours, she didn’t return,” Kayli told Bored Panda, “and they knew time was of the essence to get the babies to a nursing mom.”
Apricot and Pretzel were swiftly brought in by the rescue who were able to introduce the starving babies to their in-house mama cats Olivia and Pickle to be fed and cared for. Olivia and Pickle are a cat mom duo that operate as surrogate mothers to lost kittens, feeding them and caring for them as if they were their own, because sometimes all a kitten really needs is a mother’s touch to ensure that they thrive properly.
Kayli had told Bored Panda, “They [Apricot and Pretzel] feel like they have always been here! They were both accepted so quickly by Pickle and Olive and fit right in with the other kittens.”
As well as the Nashville Cat Rescue’s Instagram page singing praise to the two mama cats with the caption “The two were introduced to our mama duo, Olive and Pickle, who welcomed them into their family without hesitation. ❤️”
Unlike his two-toned sister, Pretzel has only one lot of DNA which creates a perfect little grey and white bundle of fur, with pristine white socks for added cuteness.
Though it would appear that poor little Pretzel has been mistaken for a girl whilst him and his sister’s story has been shared across the web, with their foster mother Kiki’s instagram (kittenitwithkiki) recently posting a photograph of the pair together with the caption “When your sister gets all the attention & you continue to be called Apricot’s sister even though you’re a boy! 🤣 Poor Pretzel.”
Though it’s clear that regardless of his gender, Pretzel has been receiving plenty of love all the same as the post goes on to thank followers of the page for their kind messages and sharing of their story.
Countless people have stepped forward wanting to adopt Apricot the chimera kitty, eager to start their new life as Apricot’s (and hopefully Pretzel’s) forever home. However, Kiki’s latest post also reiterates that the two kittens along with several others within the rescue will not be available for adoption for several weeks yet. They are both in need of veterinary care and more time to develop and ween before leaving their foster home.
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Homeless cats are often euthanized, and with euthinazia numbers being tragically high as more and more kitties are left homeless we need to be more vigilant than ever in providing lost cats and kittens with a safe place they can call home.
Wherever possible it is imperative that anyone looking to get a cat tries their best to adopt a new feline friend instead of purchasing one, as kitten farms are a large part of the problem.
If you are unable to adopt a cat, but want to help with the cat rescue efforts to provide lost kitties with a safe space, please consider donating to your local cat rescue; be it food, toys or money to put towards their rescue efforts, every little helps in the fight against cat homelessness.
You can help to save kittens like Apricot and Pretzel from a tragic fate.