Julie says: Once Toby was a big, healthy boy, I nursed another tiny, sick kitten back to health. I originally named him Stormy because, with his black-and-gray mottled fur, he looked like a storm cloud. My sister renamed him Cinder. We never did settle. Sometimes I called him Goblin because he was so ugly. Pick your fave. He was a boy. And from the start, Toby was as hostile towards Stormy as Cally had been towards him.

Like Toby, Stormy also came from my friend Michelle. She was dealing with two stray mother cats with litters, but one of the mothers died. She put both litters on the surviving mother cat, but Stormy was so small, he couldn't compete for the milk. He needed to be hand fed. He was five weeks old, but he was the runt of the litter - very small, very weak. I fed him the kitten milk, but he had constant diarrhea. I had to give him a bath two times a day. As soon as I could, I got him eating soft cat food and then his digestive tract was much better. His eyes were also constantly gooped up, sometimes glued shut with gunk. I kept washing them clean and they gradually got better.

Eventually Stormy gained strength and began to roll on his back and bat at my fingers playfully. After he could eat by himself, I returned him to Michelle and he reintegrated with his cat family. She found a forever home for him with a family in Jackson, Michigan, a father with two boys. I don't know what they named him.

All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Julie Falk
Julie's photo blog Framework of the Heart is not to be missed, especially her photos of snowflakes!!

Stormy/Cinder/Goblin [redux]  kitten
Stormy/Cinder/Goblin [redux]  kitten
Stormy/Cinder/Goblin [redux]  kitten
Stormy/Cinder/Goblin [redux]  kitten
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CarolB57 -
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Thank you and your friend for taking in the little baby strays and their Mom-cats. It's good to hear the little sweetie got a good home. :)
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oh gorshus, I just wanna pick this little baby up, comfort, and cuddle him. he looks so scared!
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So precious. I am very happy you were able to nurse him back to health and help him get to his forever family. :)
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What a touching story. He is so sweet. I am sure his forever family loves him very much.
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he is so sweet, and little - i'm glad you managed to find him a good home !!!
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Awww, how can you say this little fella is ugly? Precious baby. Glad you got him feeling better and he found a forever home.
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Thank you so much for giving this little guy a chance to be happy in a forever home.
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Poor little angel! He is so beautiful, so strong and determined. How wonderful that you could give this little fighter a chance.
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How could one not love this baby; I love his story and that he has a furr-ever home.
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Oh dear! And still dear.
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Who are you calling ugly? this baby is adorable.
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what a sweet story. I adore the kitten. Of course all pictures are adorable but the one with his long shadow is really awesome.
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Oh poor little dear! Such a hard start but thanks to you and your friend he has a much better life now. Hope he is getting lots of love and hugs.
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Awwwwww! He's adorable!
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Stormy turned into a lovely little kitten! I'm glad he's found a furever home, and hopefully, he and his new family are happy together.
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Such a waif surely melts your heart. He may be a ragamuffin in these photos but I bet with all the TLC he received, he is now one gorgeous little boy. His furever family is lucky indeed.
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Oh, He's beautiful!
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Stormy is an adorable pile of black fur , so precious. He sure had a poor start to his life, but thanks to you, Julie and Michelle, he thrived and found a good home. I wonder what his name is now?
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WHAT a cutie!!!
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He's adorable to the MAX! Live long and prosper, whatever your name is!
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GO CHAMP!!!
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What a floofy little ball of fluff!
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Let me echo once again the comment by Gabby... "Go! champ!!"
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What a sweet baby :) So glad he made it!
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wawwww, he be so cute!! I want to see a photo when he's grown up.
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can't get over how awesome this kitten looks!
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What a sad little kitty! Glad he survived and found a good home. You did a lot to help him get there so thank you. He's not ugly though, not in any of the photos you posted! He's gorgeous!
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What a beautiful little one....soooo cute!



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