A woman biked home from work with a kitten in her backpack, who was so happy to be helped.
Gizmo the kittenMatea @sara_the_ginger_cat
A few months ago, Matea was on her way home from work when she came across a stray kitten wandering alone near a busy intersection.
"I was biking on my usual route. As I was coming close to the intersection, I noticed a small fluff ball and realized it was a tiny kitten, obviously malnourished," Matea shared with Love Meow.
She got off her bicycle and approached the kitten, trying to get him to safety. The scraggly little stray saw her coming and waddled right up to her, as if he was ready to be scooped up and get some help.
Gizmo was found near an intersection all aloneMatea @sara_the_ginger_cat
Matea carefully placed the kitten in her backpack, so she could safely transport him. The tabby was just skin and bones but so content and relieved that he slept through the entire ride home.
"He slept on my bunched up dress in my backpack. He was in such bad shape on the first day, but I think he finally understood he could relax and sleep, and so he did, for most of that day."
He fell asleep in his rescuer's backpackMatea @sara_the_ginger_cat
Matea took the kitten to the vet and discovered that he was severely underweight and only half the size that he was supposed to be.
"He had those cute big ears that instantly reminded me of Gizmo from Gremlins. That's how he got his name," Matea shared with Love Meow.
He was so tiny and severely underweight when he was rescuedMatea @sara_the_ginger_cat
"It was meant to be that we found each other—I actually got off work later than usual that day. If I was on time, I probably would not have found him."
Gizmo felt right at home with his new family. He ate to his heart's content and rested a ton on his own blankets and teddy bear, making up for lost sleep.
Gizmo could finally relax and get some much-needed restMatea @sara_the_ginger_cat
"After extensive veterinary care, Gizmo slowly got better and is now the most energetic kitten that follows me around all day," Matea told Love Meow.
He met his new feline sister Sara, an orange tabby cat, who is 10 years older.
Gizmo met his feline sister Sara for the first timeMatea @sara_the_ginger_cat
Over the next few weeks, Gizmo made great strides—not only did he fully recover, but he also filled out from head to tail.
He turned into quite the love-bug and took on the role as house supervisor, watching his humans while sneaking pets and snuggles here and there.
Gizmo happy and lovedMatea @sara_the_ginger_cat
Gizmo adores his people, showers them with abundant affection, and never fails to put a big smile on their faces.
"He greets me every morning when I get up, and every afternoon when I come home from work by flopping on his head and rolling on his back, so I can rub his fluffy belly—it's the cutest thing," Matea shared with Love Meow.
"He likes nose kisses, belly rubs and jumping on my back like a backpack—I guess he remembers the ride he took that first day."
Gizmo enjoys his assortment of blankets and pillows, and always naps with them for extra comfort.
He is all grown up nowMatea @sara_the_ginger_cat
The tabby boy has come a long way since the day he was rescued from the intersection. He is no longer that scrawny little kitten and has blossomed into a handsome young cat.
"Gizmo has brought so much joy into my life, and I am happy that I get to love him back."
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