Home plea for family of cats dumped in box on frosty night
WHEN cattery owner Jinny Harris found a box outside her door following a frosty night, she prayed its contents were still alive.
She lifted the lid and sighed with relief as three pairs of amber eyes blinked up at her.
The old vacuum cleaner box contained a mother tabby cat and her two young kittens, along with a note asking for them to be taken care of.
Jinny said it was not unusual for unwanted cats to be dumped outside the Ideal Cat Boarding Centre, in Nottingham Road, Spondon, even though the cattery is a business, not a rescue centre.
But she was horrified to find them at 7.30am on Saturday morning – after temperatures had dropped below freezing overnight.
She said: "We've had cats dumped in boxes here before but it was so cold on Friday night that I was very worried when I saw them.
"Luckily they had been bedded down with some old clothes and had also been left with a bowl of food so they were nice and warm.
"They may have been put there early that morning so they might not have been there overnight."
Jinny made the discovery after a deliveryman knocked on the door.
She said: "He had three boxes for me – a delivery I was expecting.
"He said: 'These three are from me but you might want to look at this fourth one'.
"It had a handwritten note taped to the top, asking me to take in and look after the cats, and thanking me. It explained that the mother was 18 months old and her two kittens were 11 weeks old.
"It also warned that the mother cat might be pregnant again. I don't think she is but I will be taking her to the vet to check."
Jinny has named the mother Samantha and her two grey-and-white kittens Flash and Ugg. She is now looking for homes for them.
She said: "They are lovely little cats and I want to find good homes for them. They appear to be in good health and it would be nice if the kittens could go together.
"The mother cat is a little bit nervous but I'm sure she will make someone a nice family pet."
Jinny also appealed to cat owners, and those considering taking on a pet, to look after them responsibly.
She said: "People should not take on animals if they cannot afford or do not want to look after them.
"Cat owners should also make sure they get their pets neutered to guard against unwanted pregnancies."
To adopt one of the cats, call Jinny on Derby 662686.