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04/23/2014 02:35 pm ET | Updated Apr 24, 2014

Kitten Found Near Death Makes Incredible Transformation, And Steals Our Hearts In The Process

Internet, meet Stuart Little, the tiny kitten who made an incredible recovery.

When a good Samaritan delivered a litter of kittens in very bad health to Fabulous Felines Rescue NWA -- a nonprofit cat rescue organization in Bentonville, Ark. -- there seemed little hope that they would all survive. The smallest of the litter was in such bad condition, with severe eye infections, malnourishment and a flea infestation, that volunteers thought he was already dead, according to the Fabulous Felines Rescue NWA's Facebook page.

However, this determined little runt clung to life and surprised everyone with his impressive recovery. He's now 8 months old and has been adopted by Amanda Rhea, one of the volunteers at the organization.

"When Stuart's brothers and sisters starting getting adopted, I realized for the first time how attached I was to the little guy," Rhea told The Huffington Post in an email. "He'll probably always be smaller than average, but who knows? Maybe he'll surprise me with a growth spurt soon."

Check out the images below that show his amazing transformation:

  • Courtesy Amanda Rhea/Fabulous Felines NWA
    Can you spot him? Stuart Little is the little white ball curled up by his brother's head, about a third the size of his siblings. This photo was taken the first day the kittens arrived. The little runt was so sick he was hardly moving.
  • Courtesy Amanda Rhea/Fabulous Felines NWA
    On the first day, the staff cleaned and medicated the little kitten's eyes. Fabulous Felines NWA said that Stuart Little, at 2 or 3 weeks old and under 3 ounces, weighed less than the normal weight for a newborn. His brothers and sisters each weighed about 9 ounces.
  • Courtesy Amanda Rhea/Fabulous Felines NWA
    Shown here six days after being brought to the rescue center, Stuart Little is pictured next to ChapStick for comparison.
  • (Courtesy Amanda Rhea/Fabulous Felines NWA)
    Here Stuart is on day 12 with a litter mate. The lil' guy was growing fast.
  • Courtesy Amanda Rhea/Fabulous Felines NWA
    At 5 weeks old, Stuart is chowing down thanks to surrogate mom Bessie.
  • Courtesy Amanda Rhea/Fabulous Felines NWA
    Our favorite runt at 6 weeks old.
  • Courtesy Amanda Rhea/Fabulous Felines NWA
    Around the 3-month mark, Stuart finally starts to look more like a cat than a mouse. He still only weighs 2 lbs.
  • Courtesy Amanda Rhea/Fabulous Felines NWA
    Here he is looking almost fully grown as an 8-month-old.
  • Courtesy Amanda Rhea/Fabulous Felines NWA
    That is one happy cat.
  • Courtesy Amanda Rhea/Fabulous Felines NWA
    Stuart Little, now no longer quite so little, hardly even resembles the malnourished creature that was brought to Fabulous Felines NWA eight months ago.

For more information about Fabulous Felines NWA, visit their Facebook page or website here.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified Fabulous Felines NWA as an animal shelter.

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