Cats’ recovery a surprise
Orphaned fur babies looking for forever home
LAST year, 18 sick kittens in a box were found close to death; now they have made a full recovery and are ready to find their forever homes.
Capricorn Animal Aid volunteer Kerryanne Pederick said the kittens were found outside a closed vet clinic and surprised the woman who found them.
“One of our volunteers and foster carers was out at dinner one night, it was a very, very hot night 41 - 42 degrees,” Ms Pederick said.
“She’d ordered her fish and chips, stood outside to wait and heard some meowing,” she said.
“She saw a box down a little bit up the pathway, didn’t think anything of it.
“She went back then heard it again so she went over to investigate.”
The woman thought she had found seven or eight kittens, but after she took them home and began to remove them from the box she discovered 18.
They were severely dehydrated, malnourished, and had cat flu and severe conjunctivitis, but with a bit of love from the team at CAA they made a full recovery.
“After two hourly feeds, lots of medication, vet trips, a lot of sleepless nights hoping they would make it, they’ve pulled through,” Ms Pederick said.
“We unfortunately lost two darlings,” she said.
The CAA is holding an adoption day at Petstock Rockhampton from 9am to noon in a bid to find the orphaned kittens families to call their own.
This story isn’t unusual for Ms Pederick and her fellow CAA volunteers, with abandoned kittens being brought to them daily.
She said said the solution was simple: desex your animals.
“We get abandoned kittens in here every day, up to 25 a day I think on a bad day,” she said.
“We would love people to desex their animals.
“We do have a desexing subsidy which does have some conditions for qualification.
“We just want people to be responsible to desex their animals so we don’t have to deal with this kind of situation all the time.
“We are really pushing people to desex, people are so irresponsible.”
The public will have the chance to see how well the kittens have recovered and have the chance to adopt their own fur baby this weekend.
“We’re having a huge adoption day on Sunday to show the community how far they’ve come and that they are up for adoption,” Ms Pederick said.
“With the adoption fees with these kittens, it’s $180 and that covers their vaccinations, they’re fully desexed and flea and worm treated.”
ADOPTION SOUGHT: Kerryanne Pederick, Dr Shivana Seemungal-Dass and Katarina Pederick with kittens Diddy, Maree, Yang and Ying.