TITUSVILLE, Fla. -

After giving birth to a litter of kittens, a cat in Brevard has become a surrogate mother to Chihuahua puppies, too.

Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports that a Chihuahua at the Brevard SPCA in Titusville gave birth to four premature puppies on Tuesday, but two of them did not survive.

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The other two puppies, who were about as large as a person’s index finger, were rejected by the mother dog, leaving them little chance of survival.

The Chihuahuas were introduced to Nessy, a 2-year-old Siamese mix cat who had just had a litter of kittens. Staff at SPCA said that the pups were immediately accepted into the litter.

Thursday, the mother cat was reported as nursing and grooming the two pups, in addition to her kittens. SPCA staff said that they have used the surrogate technique previously, and they expect the kittens and puppies to bond and play together as they grow up.