When a couple found a tiny lifeless kitten on their doorstep they knew they had to do everything they could to save her.
The little kitten, now named Penny, was found on a Sunday when none of the local veterinary clinics were open.
So the family took her inside and did what they could while praying that it would be enough to keep her alive until the next morning.
The poor little thing was hardly breathing and her eyes and mouth were caked in blood.
So they bathed her, kept her warm and fed and basically did everything they could. They even hydrated her using a syringe.
The couple had never had to deal with a cat in this condition before and were worried that she would not make it through the night.
The next morning they went to the vet and he warned them that Penny was in very bad shape.
He thought that she had been hit by something as she had injuries to her mouth which had been crushed by something or someone, and because of this her mother had abandoned her.
The vet also found some gravel in her mouth.
It wasn't uncommon for week old kitten not to have opened her eyes since they generally open their eyes 7 to 10 days after birth but the blood caked around them was concerning.
But the couple did not give up hope, they brought Penny home and continued to give her round the clock care.
They fed her, cleaned her and kept her warm with cuddles and love and a week later she opened her eyes!
From then on little Penny grew stronger and stronger every day, her mouth injuries healed and left her with a permanent quirky smile.
Penny had lost her upper right teeth and this has left her with a perfect smug look on her face.
She had an amazing appetite and was growing bigger and bigger each day.
The couple already had a cat, Eden, and it wasn't long before the pair of them bonded and became best buddies.
They completely adore each other and their time spent together is full of grooming and cuddles.
Eight months down the line and Penny is a chubby kitty - she's full of energy, always playing and always looking for a cuddle.
For this caring family it was worth all the effort, Penny survived against all the odds and is now a valued member of their family and has found her forever home.
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