Jen and Ian are a kindhearted couple who absolutely love cat. The pair have been fostering cats for nine years. They also have three cats of their own—all of which were foster fails.
In 2018, Jen and Ian went to their local shelter to find another cat to foster. They were planning on fostering an adult cat, but then they spotted a little blind kitten who melted their hearts.
“I saw this tiny little kitten who has just has his eyes removed, so he had stitches on his eyes and he was wearing a cone, sitting in his cage, all by himself trying to eat out of a food bowl,” Jen told Naturee.
Jen talked to the vet and learned about what happened to the little kitten’s eyes. The vet explained that the kitten was born with some genetic problems. His eyes never fully formed, and they constantly got infected.
To keep the kitten healthy and happy, the vet decided to remove his eyes and close his eye sockets. The kitten quickly adjusted—he didn’t seem to realize there was anything different about him.
Jen and Ian knew the kitten need their help, and so they decided to foster him. They named him Bop.
“The idea of leaving him there was just not something that I could fathom so I was like, ‘Alright we’re taking this one,’” Jen said.
Bop quickly settled into Jen and Ian’s house. He loved his parents, and he learned to navigate the house.
There was one problem, though—Jen’s cats weren’t sure how to interact with this little blind kitten. They were a bit wary around him. Jen remembered that Bop had a brother at the shelter, Boop. She hoped that Boop would help bridge the gap between her other cats and Bop.
Jen’s plan worked. Boop got along with the other cats, and he also loved his brother. Soon, all the cats were happily playing together!
While Jen and Ian loved Bop and Boop, they never planned on adopting them. After all, they already had three cats. After six months, the couple started talking about finding adopters for the cats. Their hearts sunk, and that’s when they realized they didn’t want to give up the brothers. They loved them too much.
And so, Jen and Ian officially adopted Bop and Boop!
Bop and Boop have now been with Jen and Ian for about a year, and the cats are doing great. They love all their cat siblings, and they also get along well with all the foster cats Jen and Ian take in. Jen is always amazed by Bop’s resourcefulness.
“It’s really rare that he really bumps into something,” Jen said. “We’re constantly adding, you know, cat toys and cat beds and cat tunnels and he does amazing with it.”
Bop and Boop are a sweet pair of brothers who have found a great forever home! If you’d like to learn more about Bop, check out the video below. If you want to see more photos of Bop and Boop, check out their Instagram page.
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