Monday, 15 October 2012

Branch tends plant pot kittens

A Cats Protection branch has homed four kittens found nestled in a plant pot.

Our Stoke & Newcastle Branch was called out to a rented house in early September – the tenants had been feeding a stray cat then discovered her litter in their yard.

The black-and-white kittens were found in a plant pot. Photo: Alan Bentley
At that point, all the branch Fosterers’ pens were full so Welfare Officer Alan Bentley created a temporary shelter to keep the kittens safe with their mother while homes were found for them.

While the mother cat was taken for a health check and neutering, branch volunteer Tracy Slater uploaded Alan’s photos of the kittens – one tom and three queens – to the branch’s website and Facebook page.

“To promote some interest I started asking people how we should name them,” said Tracy.

Tracy asked Facebook followers to name the kittens. Photo: Alan Bentley
Tracy first posted about the plant pot kittens on 12 September – by 28 September, new owners had come forward for all of the kittens. They were named Zero, Fifi, Pip and Milo.

“I was so elated when I heard that they’d all been found homes,” said Tracy. While the new owners were sought, Alan had visited the kittens regularly and phoned the tenants frequently to check on the kittens’ progress.

All of the kittens are now settled into their new homes. As they were a little younger than the usual minimum rehoming age of nine weeks, Alan visited the kittens’ new owners regularly during the first few weeks of adoption to give them a helping hand.

“We’ll carry on visiting them until the kittens have been neutered, to make sure all the processes have been followed,” Tracy added. “And also as a way of saying thank you and giving the new owners some extra support.”

After she was neutered, the kittens' mother was adopted by a kind neighbour - a happy ending for both kittens and mother cat.


  1. what happened the mum?? great story with a happy ending xx

  2. So happy to hear the kittens have lovely homes. Does the mum ?

  3. Good afternoon! We've just heard from the branch that the mother cat was adopted by a neighbour. We've updated the story to reflect this.

  4. Lovely story with a lovely ending, wish they all ended up like this...:-) JJxx

  5. but why did you separate the kittens from the mum early??

    1. Hi Anonymous, the kittens were with their mother until they were rehomed. Tracy from the CP branch in question has posted on CP's Facebook page about the decision to rehome the kittens slightly early, a decision based upon cat welfare, which is always the case with CP.

  6. Gorgeous names who is the fifi and flower tots fan

  7. Two of them should have been called Bill & Ben given where they were living. Presumably when they left the pot they said "Babap ickle Weed".

  8. Looks like the kittens' mum had found a safe place for them to nestle. I wonder if she was banking on humans finding them and helping them out.

  9. A happy ending for both kittens and mother cat.