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A litter of five kittens have had a lucky escape after being rescued from a skip just minutes before it was due to be collected.

On Friday 2 August, volunteers from Cats Protection’s Welwyn & Hatfield Branch were called to a business premises in Welwyn Garden City where the skip was located.

The black-and-white and grey-and-white kittens were lucky to have been spotted in time but worryingly, there was no sign of the mother.

tortoiseshell cat with her litter of black and white kittens

Shy mother Skippy with her litter of kittens

With the kittens being just one day old, volunteers knew that finding the mum was crucial, as the kittens were too young to be separated.

They spent the next four hours waiting for the mother, named Skippy, to return so they could trap her, and eventually she made an appearance.

We can only assume that Skippy, who was not microchipped, sought refuge in the waste container before giving birth to her litter of kittens.

Once in Cats Protection’s care, the kittens were given some much-needed TLC in a foster home but sadly, one kitten who was struggling to feed properly, passed away at just 10 days old.

“One of our dedicated fosterers had to hand-rear the poorly kitten, who we named Hamish, by doing hourly tube feeds throughout the day and night in the hope that he would gain strength. Sadly, despite all our efforts, he passed away,” said Carolyne Smith, Branch Coordinator at Cats Protection’s Welwyn & Hatfield Branch.

“Now at around two weeks old, the remaining four kittens and Skippy, who’s thought to be only a year old herself, are on the road to recovery.

“We’ve named the kittens Hodgepodge, Mishmash, Knickknack and Trinket. The total cost of their treatment, medication and after care, has so far cost more than £250. Anything people can donate to help cover this cost will be hugely appreciated and will go a long way to helping.”

If you would like to make a one-off donation towards the care of Skippy and her kittens, you can visit Any funds raised above the centre’s target will be used to help other cats and kittens currently in the care of the charity’s Welwyn & Hatfield Branch.

It will be a while before Skippy and her kittens will be ready for homing but if you would like to find cats and kittens waiting for homes in your area, you can visit

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