Monday, 21 December 2015

A new start for Poppy

Little Poppy was just 14 weeks old when she was signed over to the Gosport Town Branch of Cats Protection. Her owner couldn’t cope with looking after Poppy or her mum, four-year-old Josie.

Poppy was tiny – she was taken straight to the vets for a health check. She was underweight, dirty, infested with fleas and worms and had scabby fur with sore patches on her legs.

Tiny 14-week-old Poppy
Poppy was tiny when she came into our care
With ongoing care from her fosterer Chris, Poppy’s weight had increased to over 500 grams a week later, though her fur was still missing in places. She continued to be weighed regularly and had weekly vet checks because she needed to be monitored carefully. Aside from the fleas, the vet felt Poppy’s skin complaint was due to a poor diet.

After two weeks in CP care Poppy’s weight had doubled. The branch said she looked a picture of health and her confidence was coming on in leaps and bounds.

Kitten Poppy on the scales
Poppy at 1kg
Fosterer Chris said: “Poppy loves to have a 'mad' half an hour in the evenings, racing around and climbing before she snuggles up my shoulder where she feels safe and content. Poppy is doing so well but still has a long way to go until she will be ready for adoption. Her weight now as a four- or five-month-old kitten is still only comparable to an eight-week-old kitten.”

Slowly but surely Poppy progressed and gained weight. She was separated from her mum, so that mum Josie could have a quieter time and rebuild her strength. The vet’s opinion is that Josie has had litter after litter of kittens.

The branch said: “Coming into CP care has given Poppy the chance to find a new home. She now looks and acts like any other young kitten!”

Mum Josie is doing well and has now been adopted by a new owner, while Poppy should be ready for adoption early in the New Year.


  1. Really amazing article for petters.

  2. December 2015 at 17:45

    Was hoping to adopt both Poppy and her Mum. I will look in after New Year to see how she's doing. Happy Christmas to all at Cat Protection, and thanks for doing a wonderful thing. xx

  3. what a great job you all do looking after pets that come into your care little poppy is so cute and hope she finds a nice new home who can care for her.

  4. Oh it really breaks my heart to see the mess some cats & kittens are in when they first come to CP. But these are the lucky ones, the ones who can be helped & who get expert care while they recover. But there are so many others out there who are not getting the help, who are infested with fleas (which must be absolute hell on earth to live with) who are half starved, sick & frightened. I am so glad that we have something like Cat Protection who give such expert fostering & veterinary treatment so that at least some of them can be saved & found a loving home. I just wish they could all be helped. It's freezing tonight & there are so many out there who may not even make it through the night... & the sad thing is, that in some ways, this will probably be a good thing :'(