We rescued Tia Maria (right) from a factory when she was barely weaned. Our older cat, Sushi, took her under her wing and completely mothered her, even though Sushi is spayed and has never had any babies. Two and a half years later, they still sleep, play and groom together. It's difficult to see in these photos, but the tabby patch on Sushi's side forms a heart :)
At the time of this photo, Katie was 17 yrs and Finn was 11. She raised him from 8 weeks on. She is is mommy, sister, security blanket, everything. Unfortunately, we lost Katie a month a go, and Finn has been upset (as have I). He can't handle rainstorms without her. But he is CHANNELING her; at Thanksgiving, after 11 years of NEVER eating people food, he demanded turkey from the table, something Katie used to do (she used cuteness, he used surprise and a VERY loud voice).
This is my baby, Keanu (Never let your mother named your pets!). Ever since he got diagnosed with Feline Aids, he seemed gloomy and I was horrified, but as I was finished gardening, I found him rolling around in the flowers and playing like when he was little, until he snoozed off! It gave me lots of hope that regardless he will have a good life!