When an unsuspecting homeowner opened up their garden shed recently, they were shocked to find a family of newborn kittens staring up from inside an old ‘bag for life’.
The kittens (below) were obviously only a few days old, and their mum was doing her best to look after them in the dark, cramped but sheltered space she had found.
Luckily for the young feline family, the homeowner rang Mayhew for advice, and their Animal Welfare Officers (AWOs) went straight out to help.
· Mayhew named the two-year-old stray mum Sweetpea, taking inspiration from the pea pattern on the bag for life.
· The kittens themselves – named Pepper, Turnip, Swede, Tato, and Pumpkin – were estimated to be just 10 days old, but all thankfully looked to be in good health.
· Sweetpea herself was also doing surprisingly well, and seemed friendly and curious – albeit a little stressed and worried.
AWOs carefully collected all the kittens and brought them and their Mum straight back to Mayhew, where vets performed full health checks on each of them.
Happily, no causes for concern were found, so Mayhew settled the family into a warm and cosy cat cabin to relax and recuperate – a far cry from the cold plastic bag where’d they’d spent the last fortnight.
Mayhew cattery staff kept a close eye on the new arrivals, and it wasn’t long before they finally felt safe and secure. With Mayhew’s support, Sweetpea quickly overcame her anxiety, and revealed herself to be a loving, playful and curious cat. As her kittens continued to grow and develop, she began to crave some extra special care and attention of her very own.
Once the kittens were old enough to feed and develop independently of their mother, Sweetpea was neutered and placed up for adoption, where she is currently waiting for the ‘rags to riches’ style happy ending she so well deserves.
The kittens – Pepper, Turnip, Swede, Tato, and Pumpkin – are not yet old enough for new homes of their own, but they will undoubtedly be looking forward to following in their mum’s footsteps and finding new lives filled with love and luxuries very soon.
If you’d like to keep up to date with the kittens’ progress and find out if you’re a purr-fect match for them, you can sign up to Mayhew’s adoption alerts here.
If you are interested in giving Sweetpea a new home, you can check out her profile here and call 020 8962 8000 for more information.