Meet Apricot, An Orphaned Chimera Kitten That Looks Like Two Different Cats Merged Into One

A feline pair of kitten siblings, a duo of adorable kittens, was recently brought to Nashville Cat Rescue in Nashville. They were discovered by a family who had recently moved in and found the kittens abandoned behind a wall.

The kittens were found almost immediately after being found. Kiki, a volunteer, brought them to a foster family along with her two momma cats, who had just had their babies and were very much inseparable.

Kiki, a foster care volunteer, learned about the kittens and decided to take them to Olive and Pickle. Apricot and Pretzel, the kitten siblings of orphaned infants, were immediately accepted by their moms.


Meet Apricot, one of the abandoned kitten siblings found in the wall

Apricot may be a genetic chimera cat. This is a rare natural phenomenon that you can see.

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Kiki, the foster mother of Olive and Pickle’s momma cats, introduced Apricot to the litter and Pretzel as she worked slowly to introduce them.

Credits: kittenitwithkiki

Bored Panda reached out to Kayli, a Nashville Cat Rescue foster, and she shared her entire story with us.

“Pickle and Olive were two adult cats that were kept in a Greater Nashville cat colony. A family who was helping the colony discovered that both of the girls were friendly and also pregnant. They had one request when they reached out to the rescue: that the girls remain together even if it was time for them both to be adopted.

Pickle and Olive were a bit difficult to get used to. Although they were shy, they would often greet me with hissing or growling. However, it was obvious that they loved one another and felt safe together. While I enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible, I also respected their space needs. I even sat down on the floor to work on my laptop every day. I wanted to make sure that the babies were comfortable and happy with me helping them as needed.

“Pickle, Olive and their babies are so much fun to watch. They care for each others babies like their own and swap babies.

Pickle was more approachable than Olive, and Olive would often come to me for some affection if she was being petted. Pickle gave birth within a few weeks to six babies. Unfortunately, one of them did not survive. Pickle was busy with mommy duties, Olive tried to keep up with Pickle in the playpen but she had no interest in the babies. Olive was still in the playpen with the babies for about a week. Olive began to take care of them as if they were her own and became protective when I attempted to weigh them. Pickle had her babies a week earlier so I went into Pickle’s room to look for Olive’s first baby.

Within 24 hours, she had another kitten. Because of the small litter size and the unusually long time between kittens, I took her in to the vet to make sure everything was fine. Because there was still a baby inside, she had to be admitted for an emergency C-section.

Olive and Pickle accepted two babies from their mother who, unfortunately, never returned to them.

“Another family moved in just days earlier and noticed the babies in the wall. After waiting for mom for a while, they didn’t get back to her and knew that time was critical to delivering the babies to a nurse mom.

“Apricot & Pretzel (we have an charcuterie theme), feel like they’ve always been here!” Pickle and Olive quickly accepted them and they fit right in with all the other babies.

“Moms, babies and children will all be available to adopt in the next few weeks!” They will remain with me in foster care until then.

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