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In shelter Cat

Salt Lake City, UT, 84117
Pet name:
Domestic Short Hair
Some kittens have to fight harder than others to survive - Billy & Jilly are two of these special kitties who had to fight to survive birth defects and to thrive through their first year of life. 
This brother & sister duo were both born with cleft soft palates, which meant they had large holes in the roof of their mouths which allowed food and water to enter their nasal cavities and collect there. Not only is it amazing that they survived as babies (born outdoors, no less!), but they managed to survive problems breathing and getting enough food into their bellies to grow throughout their first 6 months of life. Luckily, CAWS took them in and thanks to fantastic vet care, they also survived two surgeries each to repair their palates and as they recovered and turned a year old, they entered a better stage of life and are now healthy, happy kitties! 
This difficult first year did leave them with respiratory deformities causing congestion and discharge (they are lovingly called The Booger Twins) which they will have throughout their lives. 
During their difficulties they were always the sweetest kids - they developed a strong bond with each other and they love everyone they meet as well. 
While Billy is more social and outgoing, Jilly is more gentle and shy - both kitties are active, playful and snuggly love-bugs. Both are talkers with unique meows and they love interactive play. 
They both like other cats and especially Billy loves dogs & kids. 
If you think you might like to give these sweetest kitties the loving forever home they deserve - come play with them and see if you fall in love! If you are interested in adopting a CAWS pet, please fill out an online application at


  1. American Humane Association
  2. Peeva
  3. American Veterinary Medical Association
  4. Veterinary Information Network
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