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Cat Surprises Family When He Becomes a Foster Dad, Cares to Over 20 Kittens

After getting a second chance at life, this cat is helping other kittens get their fresh start as well.

During the summer of 2012, Pokey was found orphaned alongside his deceased sibling. At just only 3 weeks old, he weighed less than a pound.

Jen regularly fosters kittens from the Animal Rescue League of Boston, and that's where she met Pokey.

He was dirty, hungry and very loud at the shelter.

"He cried and cried if I left him alone, so I started swaddling him and carrying him around the house," Jen told Love Meow.

"The longer we fostered him, the more we realized we could never let him go. And we didn't! He was our second 'foster failure'- Dora was our first," Jen said.

When the family brought home new fosters, they discovered that Pokey would cuddle and nurture all the orphaned babies. He would stay by their side watching over them, every step of the way.

"We started fostering kittens again once he was about two years old. He took to the kittens immediately. He groomed them, played with them, and intervened when they got too rough with each other," Jen told Love Meow.

When the family brought home Sprout, a tiny orphan who hadn't figured out how to groom herself yet, he followed her around like a very attentive babysitter.

Pokey is great with a litter of kittens, but he really shines when there is just a single kitten that needs love and attention.

"He's a fantastic 'nanny-cat' and has helped nurture more than 20 kittens (and has been a great foster-brother to lots of adult foster cats)," Jen said.

When a foster kitten first comes home, they are kept separate for the first 7-10 days until they are medically cleared. Pokey waits outside the door to meet the new members of the family.

"When he sees new kittens for the first time, his gets his 'Oooh, Kittens!' face- his eyes get big, his ears perk up, and he just oozes excitement!" said Jen.

After being left alone himself, Pokey wants to make sure that no other kitten feels the same way again- and he's doing a great job as a foster dad!

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