Cats in a box

The kitten takes a peek out of the box in which she and her mother were found. Picture by Andrew Higgins  113109b
The kitten takes a peek out of the box in which she and her mother were found. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113109b
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COULD you be the saving grace for this loveable duo which were left abandoned in a cardboard box by the roadside and are now looking for a new home?

The mother and daughter cat and kitten are currently being looked after by the local branch of the RSPCA after members were called out to a lay-by in Foxholes near Driffield where the animals had been left.

Cat in a box... Mother and daughter, cat and kitten found abandoned in a box, now being cared for at alma Vetinary Surgery, but looking for a good new home. Picture by Andrew Higgins  113109c  01/08/11

Cat in a box... Mother and daughter, cat and kitten found abandoned in a box, now being cared for at alma Vetinary Surgery, but looking for a good new home. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113109c 01/08/11

Scarborough and district RSPCA treasurer Sheila Owen said it is not known how long the felines were in the box, but that another kitten did not survive the ordeal.

She said: “We got a call to our centre to say that somebody had found a cat and two kittens in a cardboard box.

“They were picked up and brought into the vets. Both kittens had no tails, one kitten was badly affected in the rear half, we weren’t able to save it, the other is surviving though.

“Mum and kitten are absolutely healthy, the kitten has no tail, but from speaking to the vet he thought it had been born that way, it does happen.

“They’re both friendly and obviously come from a domestic situation. We don’t know how long they were in the box, but they’re now up for re-homing.

“Mum is very inquisitive, they are both very friendly, just a bit puzzled.

“We really need them to go to a good home.”

Animal abandonment cases such as these are all too common for the RSPCA and similar charities which are forced to cope with the strain.

Mrs Owen added: “It is not unusual for people to abandon animals, we get stray chickens, snakes and all sorts.

“Demand on all charities is huge and the recession has certainly affected them, but for some reason, it seems that some people simply can’t or won’t ask for help.”

At six weeks old, the daughter is pawing through its early stages, but despite the offspring, the mother too is still developing.

“The mum is barely a kitten herself, she can’t be more than eight months at a push,” said Mrs Owen. “It never ceases to amaze me that kittens can have kittens,

“The responsible thing to do is get kittens neutered.”

The feline pair are up for rehoming along with a cattery full of cats and kittens, plus rabbits and dogs.

Anyone who is interested in adopting an animal can call the RSPCA answer service on (01723) 369804.