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National Animal Welfare Trust nurses kittens attacked by mother back to health at Watford Rehoming Centre
When four 10-day-old kittens were handed in to the National Animal Welfare Trust’s (NAWT) Watford Rehoming Centre this week, it was a race for life as the veterinary team tried to save the small bundles of fluff.
Having been born to a stray cat who was no more than a kitten herself, neighbours were concerned when the mum started attacking her kittens and brought them in to the NAWT in Tylers Way, Watford, to be cared for.
One of the four was already dead on arrival and one was so poorly that it did not survive.
Staff began nursing and bottle feeding the surviving two kittens and are delighted they are now gaining strength and doing well.
They have named the girl Bliss and the boy Chance.
NAWT’s live in staff have taken on the task of hand rearing the kittens until they are able to be weaned at five weeks. This means bottle feeding every two hours throughout the day and night.
Animal Care Assistant and kitten "mum" Niccie Seymour said: "These poor kittens had such a bad start in life that it is worth a few weeks of sleepless nights to nurse them back to health ready for their forever homes."
Watford Centre Manager Jackie de Friez said: "It is very upsetting when we are involved in a situation like this.
"We are extremely concerned about the mother cat as she may need veterinary treatment and definitely should be neutered.
"Every year we see cases like this where very young female cats are ill equipped to care for their kittens because their owners have not taken the responsibility to get their cats neutered."
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