Every day, Tiny Tina gives adopter Denise Folcik a gentle nose-to-nose kiss. The little black kitten started the ritual during the long weeks she was quarantined while recovering from ringworm, when Folcik would don her special quarantine-room clothing and come in to play. Tina still does it now, three months later, when she’s healthy and has the run of Folcik’s home in Wisconsin. “She’s just a sweetheart,” says Folcik.
Back in Wisconsin, Tina started to heal. With daily medication, her right eye improved, and the scarring on her cornea—caused by a severe infection—went down, restoring some sight. After six weeks of quarantine, she was finally ready to meet the rest of the family: five other cats and Buttercup, a Great Dane from a 2016 HSUS rescue in New Hampshire. While most of the cats and Buttercup are still a little unsure of the energetic kitten, Tina has found a friend in Rex, Folcik’s 9-year-old cat. She’s also charmed Folcik and her husband, Josh, with her antics. Tina has a particular predilection for socks. “She steals socks out of the laundry basket,” says Folcik. “I’m in my craft room working, and suddenly she carries a sock in and drops it. Another one—and drops it.”