On Thursday 11th April 2019, a young black female cat and her kittens were brought into the Cats Protection Cornwall Adoption Centre. They had been found in a cardboard fruit box by the side of the road by a young couple out for an afternoon drive. As the fruit box stated it was for closed cap mushrooms, the mother was named Portobello. Her four kittens, two girls and two boys, were named Shitake, Chantarelle, Porcini and King Trumpet! Both mother and babies are fairly healthy, although mum was a little underweight and both her and her kittens had a heavy flea burden.
We are relieved that this mother and kittens were found safe and sound, but are surprised that people still abandon cats and kittens in this way when there are so many rescues and veterinary surgeries that can help. It is lucky that Portobello is such a relaxed and attentive mother as if she had been more worried or flighty both her and her kittens could have ended up as strays.
Portobello and her kittens will stay in the care of the staff and volunteers of the adoption centre for the next 8 weeks. During this time they will have flea and worm treatment, will be microchipped, vaccinated and neutered so that they always be reunited with their owners and most importantly will not produce any more kittens! The cost of treatment and care of Portobello and her kittens will exceed £300 so we are appealing for donations to help for her care. Additional donations will help fund any other cats and kittens that come into the care of the adoption centre. Thank you.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs. Cats Protection has simple and clear objectives to help cats: Homing - Finding good homes for cats in need; Neutering - Supporting and encouraging the neutering of cats; Information - Improving people’s understanding of cats and their care. Achieving this vision is only made possible due to kind cat lovers who support our work. Visit www.cornwall.cats.org.uk for more information.