After a heavy downpour, Ginger Biscuit was discovered drenched and in need of assistance in a storm drain. His savior transported him to Greenside Animal Hospital, where he was placed in the isolation ward, where he could mend and recuperate in quiet, because they didn’t know anything about his condition.
When Ginger initially arrived at the hospital, he was naturally anxious. He was just 8 to 10 weeks old and quite bewildered, so everyone passing by and caring for him made him scared.
“[Ginger] is quiet but very affectionate and enjoys attention once he has overcome his initial fear of touch with our staff who cares for him,” Greenside Animal Hospital founders Dr. Joubert Viljoen and Dr. Suzette Greube told The Dodo. “When visitors enter the isolation ward, he is a little suspicious of them until he sees us carrying food, then he is pleased to come out of his shell and connect.”
Fortunately for Ginger, he had the isolation ward to himself – with the exception of Anne.
Anne was spotted lurking in a bush at a neighboring sports club and was sent to the hospital as a stray.
Cats and dogs are usually housed in separate quarters at Greenside Animal Hospital, but the isolation ward is an exception. Anne and Ginger’s boxes were on opposite sides of the room. The personnel believed there was no way they could have any interaction. Ginger, on the other hand, has different ideas.
One day, employees entered the isolation unit and came to a complete halt. Ginger was not to be found in his box. Instead, he was snuggled up in Anne’s box with her.
“We misjudged the kitten’s capacity to squirm its way through the cage door,” Viljoen and Greube remarked. “We never considered the tiny dog a threat to the kitten since she was so fragile, but when we first saw them together, there was definitely a moment of worry, because some dogs don’t react well to cats and vice versa.”
When they witnessed how gentle Anne was with Ginger and how much they seemed to love one other, everyone’s doubts were soon dispelled. The two seemed to calm down each other, and despite the staff’s best efforts, they were unable to separate them again. Anne and Ginger had made up their minds that they belonged together, and that was the end of it.
“We transferred the kitten back into his cage after discovering them together since his litter box, food, and water were in there,” Viljoen and Greube explained. “However, he promptly found his way out of the cage and returned to his pal.”
Anne and Ginger are now living together in a box full-time, and they couldn’t be happier. When Anne initially came at the hospital, she was quite weak, but having Ginger at her side seemed to be assisting her recovery and providing her with strength. He provides her with something to focus on and care about, and she provides him with a sense of serenity and security that he had been missing.
“With these two, it’s absolutely a matter of ‘yours, mine, and ours,’” Viljoen and Greube remarked. “They like cuddling and even sharing meals!” They have toys, but chasing Anne’s tail is the kitten’s favorite activity!”