Early on the morning of Sunday 12th November, we found a box abandoned on our driveway in the dark - and the box lid was open. It became apparent when the box was carried into the light that there was in fact a mother cat and kittens in the box when abandoned. Unfortunately the Mum had escaped. 

Thankfully the 4 young kittens were still in the box, and they were of an age where they no longer needed to rely on their Mum. We took the kittens in to care for them, and we put out some traps, containing food and the scent of her babies, to try and catch the mum, although we didn't hold out much hope of seeing her again.

Thankfully, 5 days later we were lucky enough to catch her. The beautiful tabby girl was seen twice in the lane one day, so we put an extra trap out that night, and our wonderful Keith went out every few hours during the night in a horrible storm to check the traps. He found her in one of the traps at 3am.

Mum is a lovely friendly girl, seemed very happy to be safe and warm indoors at last, after her horrible ordeal for 5 days and nights. 

Unfortunately, both mum and kittens all became very poorly shortly after being rescued. They have sickness and severe diarrhea, and all have lost a lot of weight. Mum had to be put on a drip as she became so dehydrated. All of them have perked up a little bit and the kittens are being nursed day and night, and fed a tiny amount every couple of hours, with our staff once again taking them home to look after them through the night.

As we don't know what exactly is wrong with them yet (as we had no information from the previous owner) they are being treated for giardia, until their stool sample results come back from the vet. 

Their illness could be caused by a latent parasite, and brought on by the shock and cold at being left outside in a box in the freezing cold night. As mum was out in the wild for 5 days before we were able to catch her, it could possibly be from drinking contaminated water. We won't know until results come back and until then we will continue to look after mum and kittens around the clock.

Once again - instead of leaving animals on our drive in the night, we urge everyone to PLEASE PLEASE just walk a few extra steps up to our gate and ring the bell, and someone will come out and take them from you, into the warm where they will be safe. Or just ring us on 01803 812121 and we will arrange to take the animals and care for them. We are not here to judge anyone and will always help unwanted animals when we can.

We would like to thank all of our amazing supporters for your good wishes and love for the kittens, and we will of course keep you updated on the mum and kittens' progress.

Photo: one of the kittens being cared for in a staff home.