When a kitten is taken from their mother too young, it can have a negative effect on their socialization.
Marley was just a few weeks old when her mom was hit by a farm vehicle and passed away. She was adopted by Hilary Mudie of Dundee, Scotland, and the kitten quickly formed a tight bond with her adoptive family.
When Hilary became pregnant with her second child, Marley seemed to understand instinctively! She became extra cuddly with Hilary, focusing most of her attention on the ever-growing baby bump. Hilary thought the way Marley loved to cuddle with her unborn little one was so cute that she started recording videos whenever she could.
“I do think that they do know that you’re pregnant, definitely,” Hilary said.
In fact, the expecting parent became convinced that Marley was “mothering” her baby before the child was even born! Hilary’s suspicions were confirmed when Ava arrived in June. Without missing a beat, Marley switched from curling up with Hilary’s baby bump to snuggling up to the infant instead.
These days, Marley loves to take naps with her sweet baby sister, and she’s never far from Ava at any point during the day. She hangs out on the floor nearby while Ava plays and spends her nights in a cat bed right next to the baby’s crib.
“Being quite motherly, she watches over,” Hilary explained. “When she’s kind of sleeping, she’ll like lie next to her.”
The excited mom eventually edited all the videos she’d taken of Marley sleeping on her baby bump together and shared the compilation on Instagram. The short clip soon went viral, and no one can get enough of this adorable cat-baby duo!
We cannot wait to see more from this family as Marley and Ava grow up. This looks like the beginning of a truly beautiful friendship!
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