Eight lives left...recovering kittens looking for new home

This Is Wiltshire: Vet Dave Rawlinson with kittens Claus and Tinsel Vet Dave Rawlinson with kittens Claus and Tinsel

AT JUST five weeks old, they were dumped on frosty farmland and left to perish.

But the pair of very poorly kittens narrowly escaped death after being discovered barely breathing at the eleventh hour.

The moggies, who had contracted cat flu, were spotted in the middle of a field two weeks ago and rushed to Drove Veterinary Hospital, in Croft Road, by kind-hearted strangers.

Against all odds and despite being severely dehydrated, Claus, a boy, and Tinsel, a little girl, survived and regained their strength thanks to the team’s round-the-clock care.

Now in perfect health, the striking kittens are looking for a loving and safe home for Christmas.

When they were first discovered, the frail siblings were filthy and their covered in snot preventing them from seeing or breathing properly.

They were placed on drips and put on a course of antibiotics. After a tentative couple of days, they pulled through and have now nearly doubled in size.

“Everybody here took it to heart,” said Drove Veterinary Hospital marketing co-ordinator Jane Carter. “They were dirty and very poorly little things. They were definitely not farm kittens and we think they were dumped there because they were full of cat flu. They were dehydrated and needed intensive treatment.”

She added: “Their whole faces were caked in goo and they were full of worms. Obviously a young animal is like a baby, they go downhill so quickly.

“We thought they were going to die, especially the little boy. When they came in he was completely flat and unresponsive.

“The vets worked on them quite a long time. They started perking up and now they look like normal kittens. They are healthy, running around and playing.”

Even after their first round of vaccinations in a couple of weeks, the siblings will remain at risk of cat flu for their rest of their lives. This means they should not be adopted by anyone with other pets as the animals would contract the virus as well.

“It could be passed to other pets forever,” said Jane. “At times of stress the flu could come back again. Or it may never come back. We can’t be sure. We would also like them to be indoor cats. They would be fine with children.”

The vet clinic is also very keen to remind anyone interested in adopting the fur balls ahead of the festive season that a pet is for life.

She added: “They do need a home for Christmas but people need to think twice adopting a kitten. A pet is for life not just for Christmas.”

To adopt Claus and Tinsel contact Jane on 01793 501480, email jcarter@drovevets.co.uk or check the Drove Veterinary Hospital Facebook page.

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3:02pm Tue 3 Dec 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

How could anyone abandon such a beautiful little ball of fur? If you can no longer look after an animal in your care, at least talk to blue cross or similar, don't abandon the poor thing :(
How could anyone abandon such a beautiful little ball of fur? If you can no longer look after an animal in your care, at least talk to blue cross or similar, don't abandon the poor thing :( The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

3:34pm Tue 3 Dec 13

tucker81 says...

Aww, so cruel whoever dumped them! I'd love to take one but I'm not allowed pets in the house :( Hope they go to a loving home
Aww, so cruel whoever dumped them! I'd love to take one but I'm not allowed pets in the house :( Hope they go to a loving home tucker81

12:47am Wed 4 Dec 13

moonshine50 says...

Tempting to take the little things, but I already have six cats and they come and go as they please through the cat flap. So I would'nt be able to keep them as house cats. Six is enough for me. Two of mine were abandoned once and now just love living here with me and another two of them came from the RSPCA.
Tempting to take the little things, but I already have six cats and they come and go as they please through the cat flap. So I would'nt be able to keep them as house cats. Six is enough for me. Two of mine were abandoned once and now just love living here with me and another two of them came from the RSPCA. moonshine50

1:10pm Wed 4 Dec 13

chrisward2011 says...

What a cat-ashtrophe! (yeah, see what I did there?)
What a cat-ashtrophe! (yeah, see what I did there?) chrisward2011

6:51pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Moth says...

moonshine50 wrote:
Tempting to take the little things, but I already have six cats and they come and go as they please through the cat flap. So I would'nt be able to keep them as house cats. Six is enough for me. Two of mine were abandoned once and now just love living here with me and another two of them came from the RSPCA.
Me too. I have several cats ages range from 16 to 3. One of my cats had cat flu as a kitten. She caught it before she was old enough to be vaccinated. She's 13 now. All bar one of my cats is an indoor cat (costs a fortune in cat litter) so the cat flu risk wouldn't really be an issue. I am so tempted to offer them a home but my head is (for once) overruling my heart. I would think as these two are so pretty there'll be plenty of offers of a loving home for them. I hope the Adver lets us know how they get on.
[quote][p][bold]moonshine50[/bold] wrote: Tempting to take the little things, but I already have six cats and they come and go as they please through the cat flap. So I would'nt be able to keep them as house cats. Six is enough for me. Two of mine were abandoned once and now just love living here with me and another two of them came from the RSPCA.[/p][/quote]Me too. I have several cats ages range from 16 to 3. One of my cats had cat flu as a kitten. She caught it before she was old enough to be vaccinated. She's 13 now. All bar one of my cats is an indoor cat (costs a fortune in cat litter) so the cat flu risk wouldn't really be an issue. I am so tempted to offer them a home but my head is (for once) overruling my heart. I would think as these two are so pretty there'll be plenty of offers of a loving home for them. I hope the Adver lets us know how they get on. Moth

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