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When my roommate came home with Antonio he was just a little ball of fur about the size of a tennis ball.
She had been driving down Longview Drive when she noticed that the orange center line was moving. She slowed and saw that a tiny orange kitten was walking along the paint. She threw on her hazards, jumped out and scooped him up to take home.
Antonio was only about 3 weeks old, and she got him just in time. He was covered in burrs, hungry, thirsty and confused. His eyes were still that clear-blue of a newborn. We gave him water and a bath before we went out to the pet store in search of kitten milk and a dropper to feed him.
We did an online search before we went to find out what the best food would be. She had never had cats, and while I'm a bona-fide cat lady, I had never had a kitten this young.
Over the first few days we started to get know little Toni. He is afraid of heights, even the 5 feet from my shoulder to the ground, and does not like being held. He prefers to be sitting on the ground while you pet him. He is very playful and loves to climb the furniture. We started to notice that he was running into walls and other inanimate objects around the house.
We thought that his sight would improve as he got older, but unfortunately, he is still nearly blind. It seems as though the malnourishment he faced at such a young age has left a permanent mark on him.
He was lucky to be found and taken in when he could have easily been hit by a car or starved to death. We feel lucky to have such a little bundle of love waiting at home. Toni has become part of the family and now, we can't imagine life without him. He's Toni the Tiny, but Tenacious, Tiger. Look how cute he is.
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