Ginger Biscuit was discovered in a storm drain after a heavy downpour, fully drenched and in desperate need of assistance. His savior transported him to Greenside Animal Hospital, and because they had no idea about his health, they placed him in the isolation ward, where he could mend and recover in peace.
When Ginger initially arrived at the hospital, he was understandably nervous. He was just 8 to 10 weeks old and very bewildered, so he was scared of everyone that passed by and cared for him.
“[Ginger] is quiet but very loving and appreciates attention once he has overcome his initial fear of contact with our staff who cares for him,” Greenside Animal Hospital owners Dr. Joubert Viljoen and Dr. Suzette Greube told The Dodo. “He is frightened of people entering the isolation ward until he sees us delivering food, at which point he is glad to come out of his shell and interact.”
Fortunately for Ginger, he had the isolation ward entirely to himself — except for Anne.
Anne was also taken to the hospital as a stray after being discovered lurking in a bush at a nearby sports club. She was infected with fleas and ticks and was in poor health. One of the club’s trainers drove her to the hospital, where everyone could see she was quite sick. They jumped into action, attempting to heal her and settling her into the isolation ward.
Normally, cats and dogs are kept in separate sections at Greenside Animal Hospital, but the isolation ward is an exception. The cartons of Anne and Ginger were across the room from each other. There was no way they could communicate, according to the personnel. Ginger, on the other hand, has different ideas.
One day, personnel strolled into the isolation ward and came to a halt. Ginger was not to be found in his crate. Instead, he was snuggled up in Anne’s crate.
“We overestimated the kitten’s capacity to crawl through the entrance of the cage he was placed in,” Viljoen and Greube explained. “Because the tiny dog was so feeble, we never thought her to be a risk to the kitten, but when we first saw them together, there was definitely a moment of panic, because some dogs don’t react well to cats and vice versa.”
Everyone’s concerns were quickly dispelled when they observed how gentle Anne was with Ginger and how much they seemed to like each other. The couple seemed to calm down, and despite the staff’s best efforts to separate them, it didn’t succeed. Anne and Ginger had made the decision that they belonged together, and that was the end of it.
“After discovering them together, we transferred the kitten back into his cage because his litter box, food, and water were in there,” Viljoen and Greube explained. “However, he promptly made his way out of the cage and returned to his friend.”
Anne and Ginger are now sharing a crate full-time and couldn’t be happier. Anne was really frail when she came at the hospital, but having Ginger by her side appears to be assisting her recovery and providing her with strength. He offers her something to focus on and care about, and she gives him the sense of peace and safety he had been missing.
“With these two, it’s absolutely ‘yours, mine, and ours,'” Viljoen and Greube remarked. “They enjoy cuddling and even sharing meals!” They have toys, but chasing Anne’s tail is the kitten’s favorite activity!”
It doesn’t matter that the two are diametrically opposed. Their bond is deep, and everyone believes it’s the sweetest thing imaginable.