IN the middle of February, an unknown person or people abandoned a young cat to fend for herself in the bush near Ellendale.
Having been badly let down by one human, a more caring person crossed her path shortly after.
While gathering a load of fi rewood, she was rescued by a bushie.
Comfortable around people, the young cat went home in the ute with her white knight.
Several phone calls to locals and a chat with the Hobart Cat Centre confi rmed no one had registered the cat as lost.
A few days later, a visit to the vet found no microchip but did reveal the tiny mite was about to become a mother, which was probably the reason she was cruelly dumped in the fi rst place.
The vet estimated she was 10 months old and the gods had fi nally smiled on the cat, who has since been named Ellen.
Her new home is one where every life is valued – whether they have two legs or four.
Ellen settled right in to the home that already had four dogs and three cats, and on March 22 gave birth to fi ve kittens inside in a soft bed.
Gingernut, Ebony, Mia, Monty and Ginger-meggs were put in a mesh kitten enclosure in the lounge room where they thrived.
This household with a big heart then set about fi nding homes for the fi ve kittens the old- fashioned way: word of mouth.
Within days, all fi ve of the kittens had found new happy homes.
Ellen, meanwhile, continues to love life with her white knight in her new home. There are two things to note here. First, kittens can reproduce from as young as four to fi ve months of age.
Second, kittens can be desexed from a very young age.
Don’t wait until your cat is pregnant and then decide it’s all too hard – as Ellen’s fi rst owner most likely did.
Advances in veterinary techniques make it safe and totally acceptable to desex kittens before they are four months old.
For more details on early age desexing, talk to your vet or contact the Hobart Community Veterinary Hospital on 6228 0205.