Good Samaritan rescues kittens from catastrophe
A family of orphaned kittens was rescued after their mother was hit and killed on a road.
The tiny kittens were born in one of the barns on farmland near Biddulph Common Road.
Their mother was thought to have been hit by a cyclist and suffered severe spinal trauma, which meant she had to be put to sleep to end her suffering.
A member of the public who found the feral cat in the road had been feeding her and knew she had recently had kittens, so contacted the RSPCA for help.
Animal collection officer Emma Dwan said: “These little kittens were very lucky that someone had been keeping an eye on their mum.
“The caller knew she was living among the straw bales in one of the barns and that she had given birth recently. After she’d rushed the cat to the vet, she called us to care for the kittens, knowing they wouldn’t last long without their mum.
“She’d only briefly checked on them before I got there and she thought there were five babies but we found seven all cuddled up in the hay!
“I took them home with me and warmed them up and started hand-feeding them. Kittens need to be fed round the clock so I didn’t get any sleep that night but it was definitely worth it!”
The two-week-old kittens are now being looked after by an RSPCA foster carer at the Altrincham branch and will be rehomed once they are old enough.
The RSPCA rescues more cats than any other pet and currently has more than 900 cats in its care.
To help the RSPCA keep rescuing animals like these and keep its animal hospitals and centres running for emergency treatment and round the clock care, donate online at rspca.org.uk/covid