The expectant mother found herself at Wellcat, a rescue shelter in Birmingham.
She desperately needed a home. Luckily, a rescue volunteer called Emily Jayne came to the rescue. She named the mum-to-be Winter, who quickly settled into her new home. Speaking to LoveMeow, Emily said, "She really warmed up to us and has the cutest purr ever.”
An easy choice to make
Given the circumstances, the decision to adopt Winter was a real no-brainer for Emily. She said, "If mama Winter hadn't been rescued, she could have had to face bringing this beautiful family up in these extreme temperatures."
Winter has now given birth to four adorable kittens, and she's taken to motherhood like a real pro. “She's a really proud mama who just doesn't stop purring!", said Emily.
Emily named the kittens Maggie, Tabby, Ivy, and Robin.
Maggie is definitely the boss of this little kitty gang, while Ivy is the real softy of the bunch. She loves nothing more than curling up next to her mum.
Once the kittens get a little bigger, they'll be spayed and put up for adoption.
More kittens than ever
A 2017 study showed that the RSPCA is struggling to cope with the UK's rising cat population, which is believed to be around 10million. Experts believe this is linked to the number of unwanted cat pregnancies.
Alice Porter, a spokesperson for the RSPCA, has urged owners to take preemptive measures, "Neutering your cat allows them to go outside and do all the things they enjoy, such as climbing and playing.“Kittens may look cute but having a litter to look after is hard work and costs money. Sometimes the reality of looking after them does not live up to the expectation and it is times like this when we see so many abandoned."
Contact your local vet for more information on getting your cat spayed.