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    • 02 Oct, 2020

    Cheeky tabby cat finds shelter with strangers to give
    birth safely

    It can be scary enough navigating the streets as a young stray cat, but when you’re also heavily pregnant and about to give birth, the great outdoors certainly lacks the shelter and security you need to feel safe.

    One-year-old Peeky recently came up with a rather cheeky solution to this dilemma, and visited a strangers house multiple times over the course of a few days – scouting it out as a potential ‘maternity ward’.

    Peeky must have liked what she found, as shortly after giving birth to three kittens on a nearby roof, she carefully carried them inside the house she’d discovered.

    The homeowner was shocked to discover a newborn litter in their kitchen, and even more surprised when Peeky returned again with an older kitten from a previous litter.

    Recognising Peeky as the cat who had been skulking around their property, the owner called us for help and explained the situation.

    We quickly headed out to collect the young family and bring them back to our shelter, where we settled Peeky and her three newborns into a cosy kitten cabin to rest and recover. We immediately noticed Peaky’s son from a previous litter was semi-feral, so we admitted him to our main Cattery to await neutering.

    Peeky herself was incredibly shy and nervous on intake, and so we allowed her to acclimatise and bond with her new kittens before we conducted a health check. Luckily, she soon calmed down after a few days in our care, and we were then able to fully assess her and her kittens. Thankfully mum and babies were all in excellent health, and had not suffered from any adverse effects from being born on a roof.

    We also successfully neutered Peeky’s semi-feral son under our Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) programme, and as soon as he had recovered from the procedure we released him back into the area we found him, where a feeder keeps an eye on him.

    Peeky and her kittens are now being looked after by one of our dedicated foster carers, who will provide them with a safe home until they are ready to find their forever families.

    If you are interested in adopting Peeky or her kittens when the time is right, please keep an eye on our Rehoming pages, where we will upload the relevant information as soon as they are available.

    Please note, we are not able to take any adoption enquiries about any animals in advance of them being listed online, and we cannot reserve an animal for anyone before the animal appears on the website.


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