Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Five kittens dumped in Norfolk countryside survive against the odds

A group of five tiny kittens are recovering in the care of Cats Protection after being found dumped in the Norfolk countryside.

The kittens – thought to be about a week old – were found on Friday 6 September, semi-comatose and covered in manure beside a cat carrier in a hedge near the village of Thurlton.

a group of tiny black, white and ginger kittens lying on a blanket

A dog walker chanced upon them and rushed them to a local veterinary practice, who in turn contacted Cats Protection’s Anglia Coastal Branch.

Volunteers from the branch have been busy looking after the kittens ever since and have called them Daisy, Heath, Heather, Poppy and Yarrow.

“These kittens are so lucky to be alive, it was a really horrendous act to have just dumped them,” says Lynne Pothecary, a volunteer for the branch.

“Two of the kittens were lying on top of each other while three others had fallen out of their carrier and had rolled down a verge. They were so young that their eyes were still closed and they couldn’t walk.

“They were all cold to the touch and weren’t going to last much longer in the chilly autumn temperatures.

“Since Friday, we’ve been keeping the kittens warm using blankets and mini-heatpads and feeding them every two hours to get their strength up. We will find them new homes when they reach nine weeks of age and are old enough to be domestic pets.

“The easiest way to avoid unwanted kittens in the future is to neuter pet cats. Just one unneutered female cat can produce up to 18 offspring in a year so neutering will drive down the number of kittens that are abandoned in such terrible circumstances.”

If you would like to offer any of the kittens a home, you can contact the Anglia Coastal Branch on or phone their helpline on 0345 271 4202 (lines are open Monday-Friday, 8.30am-6.00pm or Saturday, 9.00am-3.00pm). 

To find out more about how Cats Protection can help with the cost of neutering, or to find cats looking for homes in your area, visit the Cats Protection website.


  1. I have 5 cats so cant offer a jome will donate tho how do I do this well done 4 saving them ah look atbthere little faces k could kiss them all xx

  2. Poor little kittens I would of love to give 2 a home but I live witton park bishop Auckland can't believe some could do this I took a lot of cats in but don't had no cats are dogs now they all gone to good home but it mine time to had a pet full time they would of be well look afher

  3. Such a shame bless them.I tried so many times to have a cat from you and after calling so many times I had to pay for our boy.And my Aunt who has had cats for over 50 years.Was told no after her last old cat died.She was sad for ages then her neighbor got her a beauty.Its a shame,as Id love another one.x

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