The cruising kittens, who have been named Neptune, Sinbad and Galene, were discovered inside a vehicle on board MV (Military Vessel) Eddystone midway through a 10 day, 2,000 mile journey from Limassol in Cyprus to Southampton.
|Neptune the kitten. Credit: Kris Bird|
The kittens were found by crew at the end of September during a routine check of the ship’s cargo. They contacted the Sea Mounting Centre in Marchwood, Southampton where the boat was due to dock on 4 October.
|Nepture (left) and Sinbad (right). Credit: Kris Bird|
“The kittens were about three or four weeks old and were in remarkably good condition considering they’d had no food or water for a week. Their survival is miraculous.
|Galene (left) and Sinbad (right) with Neptune in the background. Credit: Kris Bird|
“We don’t know how they got into the car and they must have kept very quiet when the car was driven onto the boat because the driver didn’t hear or see anything odd.
|Neptune (left) and Sinbad (right). Credit Kris Bird|
The cost of the kittens’ quarantine, and finding them a new home is likely to reach over £2,000 so Cats Protection would be grateful for any donations towards the cost.
To give to Cats Protection’s Cyprus kittens appeal, please visit www.justgiving.com/cats-protectioncypruscats or text CATZ83 and an amount of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.
Please note all funds raised in excess of the Cyprus appeal will be used to help other cats in the charity’s care.