Orphaned kittens rescued from under bush in Wisbech

Orphaned kittens rescued from under bush in Wisbech

Published by Beth Pridding
1:30pm 17th May 2020.

Four kittens have been rescued from under a bush after their mother was hit by a car in Wisbech.  

Staff from Cats Protection rescued the kittens after a neighbour spotted them under a bush in their garden.

At around three weeks old, the animals were not strong enough to fend for themselves and would have struggled to survive if they had not been found so quickly.
Centre Manager at the Cats Protection centre in Downham Market, Lindsay Tempest, said:

"He rushed down our drive and said that he had a number of feral cats in his garden in Outwell. Sadly, one of them, the kittens' mum, had been found dead in Stow Road that morning. He had seen her moving some kittens under a bush a few days before and he was desperate for our help.

"We told him to bring the kittens straight to us and, within a very short time he returned with four tiny kittens in a cardboard box. Amazingly, they were clean, warm and a good weight. They'd obviously had their breakfast with mum just before she tragically ventured onto the road, so they had a fighting chance."

The tabby kittens' tender age meant they would need to be hand reared, which presented its own problems.

Lindsay said:

"Normally this would not be an issue but we are working on a skeleton staff during lockdown and didn't have anyone here to help. Thankfully, our neighbouring Dereham Adoption Centre arranged to take them in and just a few hours later they were safely snuggled up, receiving around the clock care from one of their team."

The kittens will remain in care until after the lockdown restrictions have been lifted and they are well enough to find new homes. Cats Protection is accepting only emergency cases during the COVID-19 restrictions, in line with government guidance.