An orphaned rescue kitten named Roomba is best friends with an Irish wolfhound dog named Aoife, who was the first creature she saw when she opened her eyes.
Roomba and her two littermates were found huddled in a ditch near Southampton Common in Southampton, UK when they were just days old, after their mum was hit and killed by a car.
Dibden resident Annie Georgeson fostered the 3 orphaned kittens.
Annie says her Irish wolfhound Aoife was the first thing Roomba saw she she opened her eyes, and Roomba follows the big dog around, plays with her and cuddles up with her.
Annie has two Irish wolfhonds and says Roomba is friends with the other dog, too. Roomba rolls over with the dogs when they do and loves being with them.
“She does all sorts of funny things like she will crawl in between the wolfhounds and you will just see a bit of cat poking out.”
Roomba has some vision problems and vets say she is brain damaged, but she is thriving. She took a fall down the stairs that is attributed to her problems but has otherwise been ok.
Sarah Mills, who runs the the local foster caregiver network All Animal Rescue, which took the kittens when they were found, said of Roomba: “In every way she should have died but she’s thought: ‘I will beat this’.”
“She’s a little trooper and she was so far behind but she has fought tooth and nail – she’s a superstar and she loves dogs.
“The first thing that they saw when they opened their eyes was two Irish wolfhounds so I think she thinks she’s a dog. She loves being around them and likes to be cleaned by them.
“She’s the most amazing little girl and a lot of places might have put her to sleep.”
Roomba’s caregivers say she is ready to find her forever home and while she loves dogs she is afraid of children and would do best in a calm and quiet home.
UK residents who feel they can offer Roomba a good home are asked to contact All Animal Rescue. Roomba’s littermates have already found their forever homes.
In response to those who feel Roomba should be allowed to stay with her two dog friends, Sarah Mills wrote in comments at The Southern Daily Echo, saying: “Annie would love to keep her, however she would not be able to foster if she kept every animal!! Plus, Roomba needs to be a house cat due to her brain damage and with two large dogs in the house, doors are often open and Annie lives by a very busy main road.”
All Animal Rescue gratefully accepts donations to help them continue to help the animals.