April 15, 2009
Ian says: We adopted siblings Bella and KiKi last August. At the time they were living in a chicken coop with their brothers and sisters and about four or five chickens. Bella was the runt of the litter and a little hesitant to move into her new house, but has come into her own and is now a real princess. She might be small in stature but has no problem holding her own against her bigger and stronger brother, often sending him running for cover. She is also a real suck-up who loves the attention but is just as happy to lie around and sleep in one of her many hiding spots. KiKi is the exact opposite of his sister Bella. For one, he is obviously a male, although at first we were under the impression he was a girl. What a surprise! Secondly, though Bella is the runt of the litter, KiKi is far from it and is most definitely the dominant male, at times pushing his sister out of the way when it's dinner time. Although a large boy (14 lbs at ten months old), KiKi is a bit of a scaredy cat and will often retreat from his much smaller sister during their many wrestling matches. On the inside, KiKi and Bella are real sweethearts who know they're all that, big time. When they aren't fighting, they are best buddies.
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Bella and KiKi  kitten
Bella and KiKi  kitten
Bella and KiKi  kitten
Bella and KiKi  kitten
Bella and KiKi  kitten
Bella and KiKi  kitten
Bella and KiKi  kitten
Comments and LOLs:
Kayli -
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They are both absolutely beautiful! I'm glad they're such good friends :)
cupcake48 -
cute
Catimini -
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Too cute Kiki kitty !
Catimini -
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She carry her name well ! Beautiful !
lYNXGIRL66 -
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BEAUTIFUL!
ctti -
Aww! They're such a cute pair! Too sweet. :)
Katy Cat -
Cutiessssssss
Lindsay -
Too cute!
Holy Cuteness -
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What a lovely pair...
Sabine -
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I LOVE HER FEET <3

Very cute ones ^^
Linda -
I can't vote for a certain photo - they all are wonderful!
Carolyn,Sissy&Missy -
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They are both so adorable,Bella looks like she would rules the roost with Kiki taking a back seat, how adorable they both are
♥graace; -
they are sooo cute! i love cats like sooo much more then dogs-sorry but i do! :D :P
Boodie -
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awww, still so cute, still so happy together.
Natasha -
So gorgeous!
Barbara -
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Bella and Kiki are both little angels.They look like 2 best friends here.Just beautiful.Thank you for sharing them with everyone:)
betty -
They are both beautiful how anyone could put kittens in a chicken coop is beyond me. Luck they did not get sick and die. buddies until the end they need each other even if they do wrestle with each other....good for you!
Soni -
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Family is the best!
SueBeeintheOC -
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The way you tell your kitties' story is so entertaining, they sound like an active pair to have around your house!
Lynne -
Sweet-looking kitones=^..^=
ted -
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just a great pic of a kitten doing its best thing....sleeping
Carolyn -
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Very cute, thanks.
Tiffany -
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They are soo precious...
Kellie Canning -
Oh Kiki that sweet lil thing. I just love her already! Hey maybe you all can help I am running in a 5k for animals. http://www.firstgiving.com/kelliecanning - sponser me if you can. It's for homeless/shelted animals. I know the little ones could use every dollar! Thank you in advance for anyone who wants to help!!!
Kitten Luver -
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I love this pic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
vampires12 -
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one of the cutest pics i've ever seen. ^.^
Judy E. -
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So glad these kitties are together! I've always believed cats should be adopted two at a time!
shaungrl -
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The grown-up pic is too precious. Kittehs should, I think, be adopted in pairs. Twice the mischief yes, but double the joy, as well. But the floofy, white pink-padded toes stole my &hearts;. (Uh, and thanks for saving them from being 'cooped-up' ;) )
shaungrl -
@ Judy E...I didn't even read the above comment, I swear. GMTA. (LOL)
Terri L. Silvia -
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These two are the cutest ever. I am so glad you rescued them. They are adorable
GMP -
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OMG!!!!!!!!! Sooooooo Cuuuuuute!
Birman Mama -
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Wonderful story and very cute kitties.
Ian (Kiki and Bella's Dad) -
Thanks for all the comments people.

Just to clarify though, they weren't living in the chicken coop as a result of mistreatment or anything, just that their mother had given birth to them in a backyard chicken coop at an old Italian fellows house. They had been living in a big cardboard box filled with straw with the rest of their litter (about 4 or 5 total).
Jon W. -
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Lovely picture!
ThePrettiestCat -
These cats are pretty cute.
Karen M -
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Such an adorable pair. They look so sweet..
alyssa:) -
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bella+kiki=BFF!
b -
Bella is a beauty and Kiki is a cutie!!
bella mays -
There so cute together.
ian pike -
Look how cute Bella & Kiki are together.
bella mays -
I love those 2.
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