On March 27, 2016, a "kitty portal" opened in the San Jose, California, backyard of Twitter user @CuriousQuail.
He discovered five smol kittens and knew he couldn't leave them outside, because if they were left alone they would die from exposure or be killed by the coyotes or raccoons that are common in the area. So he brought them in and learned how to care for them with his partner, @stardusticaye.
Thus, Kindred, Smokey, Possum and Snowapple entered their lives (the fifth kitty was adopted out). And that's only the beginning.
In a thread filled with kitty photo shoots, @CuriousQuail detailed his journey raising the babies.
As they were raising the five kittens, @stardusticaye heard meowing outside in the rain. They found a sixth kitten, from different parents, whom they named Jon Snow. In the days that followed, two more kittens appeared.
"So in the span of a few months we went from 'no cats' to 'there are seven kittens everything is cats,'" he posted. "How ignorant we were."
The portal kept opening. One day, five more kittens were discovered in a bush -- "The Floofs."
"It understandably became a situation pretty fast but this time we knew what we were doing!" he posted. "Nursing and caring for the Floofs was pretty second nature."
Then, the portal opened yet again -- leaving four more kittens in the backyard.
After setting safe live traps, the two finally began catching some of the adult cats -- siblings, mothers and fathers of the kittens they had rescued earlier. By this point, they were 13 cats deep.
Enter, the final portal opening: six tiny kittens born under the house, called "The Fuzzies."
LOOK AT THEM. LOOK HOW SMOL.
So now, it's just @CuriousQuail, @stardusticaye and their clan of rescued desert cats. You can keep up with their antics (and look out for new portal openings) on their Instagram page.
Yes, these cats are super cute -- but remember how important it is to get your pets fixed so every home doesn't end up with dozens of animals.