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By Eloise Evans on 16/09/2016
A lot of things seem to find their way into the drain, but you wouldn’t expect to find three kittens in there! A feral mother and her six kittens were discovered when someone heard meowing coming from the drainpipe.
Rescuer Alison Gambles, who works for Cats Protection said: “We had a report from a local resident who could hear meowing coming from the drain in the ground, beneath the guttering and under the grate. I went to have a look and found three of the kittens with their mother hiding under the flowerbeds.
“A while later, there was still the sound of meowing and after a lot of rummaging around, we found three more inside the drainpipe, one of which was almost wedged inside the U-bend. As the kittens had just reached the age when they could crawl, we can only guess that they had been born under the surrounding shrubbery and had fallen into the drain.
“The mother had been a feral stray and was only aged around six months herself. She was clearly a devoted mother and although she couldn’t reach into the drain to get her kittens out, she hadn’t left them.
“She had done a terrific job raising six kittens, as they were in remarkably good condition. They all needed flea treatment and lots of socialising to get them used to people, but now they are all happy, healthy kittens.
“It is very lucky there had not been significant rainfall, as the water from the guttering could easily have drowned them. And it was fortunate that a local resident had heard them, as they would have soon become dehydrated and would not have survived if left much longer.”
Three kittens have already found forever homes and mum, Amy, has since been neutered and has found a new owner, but three kittens are still looking for homes. The three black and white kittens – Joseph, Noah and Magdalena – are now eight-weeks-old and currently at Cat’s Protection’s Cat Rescue Adoption Centre, in Chelwood Gate. Cats Protection helps to create a better future for feral cats like Amy by neutering them.
Luckily her kittens were found whilst they were young enough to be socialised and can now be rehomed. Many feral and stray cats have very bleak and unhappy lives, and the work that Cats Protection does is vital to their wellbeing.
If you wanted to find out more about adopting Joseph, Noah or Magdalena, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the centre in Chelwood Gate, on the A275 between Wych Cross and Danehill. To find out more, visit Mid Sussex Times to read the full story.
In the meantime, if you have any issues with your drains, you can give the experts at Drain Doctor a call – especially if you can hear any meowing!
Post Source: Mid Sussex Times
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