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Five kittens dumped in Thurlton survive against the odds

10 September 2019
Five kittens dumped in Thurlton survive against the odds

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

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

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

Foster mum, Christine Cutts, has been busy looking after the kittens ever since and has 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 prostrate 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 the Friday they were discovered, Christine has been doing a wonderful job of keeping the kittens warm using blankets and mini-heatpads and feeding them every two hours to get their strength up.

“They’ve opened their eyes now and are starting to explore their enclosure. They are all very cute and friendly and 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.”    

To offer these kittens a home, or to seek assistance with the cost of neutering your cat, please contact Cats Protection’s Anglia Coastal Branch on 0345 371 4202 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 6.00pm, Saturday 9.00am – 3.00pm).