The trio of three-day-old kittens were abandoned when their feral mother was unintentionally disturbed by a cat-loving member of the public who walked into the garden where the young family was sheltering, just days after the kittens’ birth.
|The three kittens were rescued just in time|
The lady immediately contacted Cats Protection’s Cornwall Adoption Centre where Centre Manager, Libby Jepson, advised to monitor the situation from a distance.
The mother returned for one more of the litter but by early evening she had not been back for the remaining three kittens and Libby knew they were unlikely to survive if left alone.
|Nye the kitten enjoying some nutritious kitten milk|
“Although she may have returned, at around three days old kittens cannot maintain their own body temperature and need continual feeding. I was worried that even if their mother did come back, her kittens would be too cold and hungry to survive or another animal would prey on them once it got dark, so we made the decision to bring them in, maintaining social distancing throughout.”
|AJ and his siblings are receiving round-the-clock care|
She says: “All three of the kittens are currently doing really well and need to be fed every two and a half hours, day and night. They will stay with me for the next couple of weeks and then once there is a little more time between feeds I’ll be able to share the responsibilities with other members of staff.
“The kittens are really vulnerable so we have named them after some of the most inspirational people we could think of; grey-and-white Nye is named after Aneurin (Nye) Bevan who founded the NHS; tabby-and-white AJ is named after AJ Cronin whose book The Citadel paved the way for the NHS, and tabby Elizabeth has taken her name from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon.
|Elizabeth will be ready to find a new home once rehoming begins again|
The kittens will not be ready to home until they are at least eight weeks old but anyone wishing to adopt them once rehoming restrictions are lifted should keep an eye on www.cats.org.uk/cornwall for details of their availability.
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