A cat and her four kittens have been found abandoned in a mushroom box by the side of a road in Cornwall. The charity Cats Protection says they are lucky to be alive after they were spotted by passers-by.
The cardboard box, which had ‘closed cap mushrooms’ printed on the side, was discovered by two members of the public between St Blazey and Par on Thursday 11 April 2019. They took the animals to Cats Protection's Cornwall Adoption Centre in Point Road, Carnon Downs near Truro where they are being looked after.
They've been given names inspired by the mushroom box they were found in. The mother has been named Portobello and the four kittens – two males and two females – are called Shitake, Chantarelle, Porcini and King Trumpet.
We’re all so relieved that Portobello and her kittens were found safe and sound,” said Gareth Williams, deputy manager of Cats Protection’s Cornwall Adoption Centre. She’s a very relaxed and attentive mum, but if she had been slightly more worried or flighty, we might easily have lost her and the kittens. They’re all lucky to be alive.
The family will remain in the care of Cats Protection for eight weeks until being found new homes.
Watch mum Portobello caring for her four babies
Staff are asking people who can no longer look after their cats to get in touch with them rather than abandon them.
I urge anyone who is no longer able to care for their cat or kittens to get in touch with us.