The RSPCA rescued a newborn kitten which had somehow been separated from its mum and was struggling without her.
The tiny cat still had her eyes closed and umbilical cord attached and couldn’t have been more than a day or two old.
A member of the public spotted the kitten in their garden in Evelina Road, Nunhead in London, and after monitoring for a couple of hours they realised that the mum was not coming back and contacted the RSPCA for help.
Inspector Harriet Daliday attended on Monday 17 August and rescued the tiny kitten.
She said: “When I arrived, she was pretty cold, and I was really worried about her core temperature dropping significantly. Young kittens usually rely on the warmth of their mum, but this little kitten only had me, so I popped her inside my shirt and buttoned it back up again so she could warm up in there. It’s quite a long journey to the hospital and I didn’t want to lose her on the journey. When we arrived at RSPCA Hamsworth Animal Hospital she was put straight on a wrapped-up hot water bottle to warm up.”
The staff have named the tiny kitten Eve after the road where she was found and she is now receiving lots of care and attention at the animal hospital in North London, where she will be hand-reared by one of the staff.
Harriet added: “We have no idea who or where her mum is or if her mum was owned but it’s more likely that her mum was a stray cat who lost one of her kittens whilst moving them and poor Eve was left behind.”
Between May and September is the typical kitten season when most litters are born and can be an extremely busy time for the RSPCA, and other charities, as they see an influx of cats and kittens coming into their care.
The charity is urging owners to neuter their cats from four months old to avoid unexpected and often unwanted litters which sadly end up coming into rescue centres.
Cats can get pregnant when they are really just kittens themselves which is why the RSPCA and other cat and vet charities believe neutering from four months old will help to tackle the cat overpopulation currently facing the UK.