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Kittens buried under rubbish and left to die

The kittens were buried underneath rubbish Credit: Happy Cats Rescue

Five kittens are recovering after being buried under rubbish and left to die. They were found by a member of the public in a small cardboard box. It was buried under rubbish beside bins in Basingstoke.

The kittens were crying to be fed, underweight and cold. Happy Cat Rescue at Bordon took the animals in. They have been hand-reared for the past six weeks - bottle fed every two hours. One of the kittens died, but the others are now said to be 'flourishing'.

Three kittens found dumped in a toilet

Lulu, Boggy and Flush are now looking for a new home Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after three tiny kittens were found dumped in a toilet in Worthing train station in West Sussex.

The tabby eight week-olds were discovered huddled together terrified in the corner of a cubicle on the morning of September 25 by station staff.

The staff members took them into their office to warm and feed them and called the RSPCA. We arrived and took them into our care so they could be nursed back to health.

They have now been named Lulu, Boggy and Flush by staff caring for them. They are still in a poorly state of health but it is hoped they will soon recover so they can be rehomed.

"It was a bit of a surprise find these poor little things cowered in the corner of the toilet that morning. They were huddled up so tightly together that they were easy to miss, and I don’t know how many people may have walked past them without noticing them. At least no-one hurt them or stepped on them or anything. It caused quite a stir that morning. We had them all in the office trying to warm them up a bit, which was lovely. Although quite shocking to us all that someone could have just left them to fend for themselves in this way.”

– Station Group master Jim Cumming

“Had they not been found when they were who knows what would have happened - we are so grateful to the station staff for the care they showed these little animals. They are simply too young and too small to survive on their own in this way, especially running loose so near on a train station platform. There was not even a box to protect them or give them a place to hide themselves in. We urge anyone with any information about how they came to be dumped like this to contact us on 0300 1234 999.”

– RSPCA animal welfare officer Marie Stevens

The kittens have been taken into boarding and made a good recovery. They have already been found new homes which they will be taken to shortly.


One day old kittens left for dead in Dorset car park

The kittens were dumped in a cold car park yesterday morning Credit: RSPCA

One day old kittens were left for dead in a Dorset car park before they were rescued by the RSPCA.

Four black and white kittens were found extremely cold and fighting for their lives at 8.15am yesterday at Throop Mill car park in a cream fabric drawer that would be used as bedroom furniture.

Unfortunately, one of the kittens died in the cold but the other three kittens are now being hand-reared round the clock by the RSPCA to give them the best chance of survival.

The drawer also contained a blood stained duvet case and a pattern size George at Asda top.

The RSPCA hope to trace the owners from a top found with the kittens Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Inspector Patrick Bailey said: “Abandoning such tiny animals is totally unacceptable. Had they not been found they would certainly have died. The mother cat is likely to be very distressed at the moment as she is not being allowed to nurse her kittens."

Three kittens have 24 toes each

A litter of three kittens all born with an extra toe on each paw are looking for a new home after their owner was unable to care for them.

Shortly after they arrived at a Brands Hatch cattery, staff noticed there was something different about the kittens - they had 12 extra toes between them.

Cats normally have five toes on each paw but some cats, known as Polydactyl cats or mitten cats, are born with a genetic mutation that gives them extra toes.

We sometimes see cats coming in with an extra digit on one paw, but to get three kittens in a litter with extra toes on all four paws is quite unusual. They are very sweet kittens and will definitely get lots of attention. Cats tend to breed when it's warmer so we see lots of kittens during the summer months. Sadly people aren't getting their cats neutered and rescue centres are left to pick up the pieces. Our three centres are currently inundated with unwanted cats and we are desperate for more homes."

– Debbie Coker, Brands Hatch cattery

Pudding, Brenda and Niall will be ready for rehoming once they are nine weeks old.

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