Cats’ re­cov­ery a sur­prise

Or­phaned fur ba­bies look­ing for for­ever home

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS WELCOME - Chloe Lyons Chloe.Lyons@cap­news.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: AL­LAN REINIKKA ROK130117AKITTENS2

ADOP­TION SOUGHT: Ker­ryanne Ped­er­ick, Dr Shivana Seemu­n­gal-Dass and Kata­rina Ped­er­ick with kit­tens Diddy, Ma­ree, Yang and Ying.

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