A family of newborn kittens was found dumped in a rubbish bin on a day when this week's sizzling heatwave pushed the temperature up to 33C. Thanks to their rescuer, they escaped certain death by heat...
By, 25 Jul 2019
A member of the public discovered the super-cute furballs last Saturday in Derby, West Midlands. Some heartless person had wrapped the tiny cats in a plastic bag before dumping them on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far.
Who could do something like this?
Whoever did this was obviously trying to get rid of the kittens for good, and it's hard to imagine what these guys went through before being rescued. Temperatures were already over the 30C mark, but it would've felt so much hotter in such a tight, confined space.
An animal welfare officer took the cats to a nearby RSPCA centre, where staff christened them Biff, Maggie, Fern, and Stig.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said:
"On the hottest day of the year, a member of the public heard a chorus of loud and distressed squeaks coming from a black bin."
"The kittens were wrapped in a bag and put inside a box in the bin, there was no intention for them to be found."
Without their mum, the kittens require 24hr care, including regular feeds and lots of affection.
The centre will continue to care for the kittens for the next few weeks and then look to rehome them with loving families.
The kitties are getting everything they need
The RSPCA took the story as an opportunity to remind people about the importance of neutering their cats. A recent statement read:
"The kittens in this story are very lucky to have been found, but without being neutered their mother will carry on to have more kittens, and who knows where any future litters could end up."
For more information on neutering, speak to your local vet. And if you're struggling to meet the costs, visit the Cat's Protection website for more help.
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