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    • 06 Jun, 2018

    Stray cat left in distress after one of her newborn kittens goes missing

    A stray cat recently gave birth to two kittens underneath a parked car near Harlesden in North West London, which was surrounded by a group of youths who were sadly taunting and frightening the feline.

    A member of the public noticed the distressed one-year-old, later named Corsa, had given birth to two black and white kittens and was desperately trying to protect her litter by sheltering underneath a car, so they immediately called Mayhew for help.

    Our Animal Welfare Officers quickly arrived at the scene and were told that one of Corsa’s newborn kittens was missing.

    Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officer, Tania Mazzoni, said: “We were informed that both kittens had been placed in a cardboard box by a member of the public. When mummy cat instinctively tried to protect them, she had taken one of the kittens back underneath the car and had left her other newborn unoccupied in the box. When she returned that kitten was missing.

    “We looked everywhere for her newborn, but sadly couldn’t find them. We suspect that someone passing by had taken the kitten, not knowing what harm they were causing. It is very dangerous and life threatening for kittens that young to be separated from their mum.

    “We can’t imagine how terrifying and distressing it must have been for Corsa to be giving birth underneath a car that was being ambushed and for one of her kittens to disappear. We strive to improve animal welfare from every possible angle and we actively work with adults and children to educate and promote compassion for animals.”

    Knowing that the missing kitten was in danger and needed to be reunited with its mother, we posted an urgent appeal on our social media pages, but unfortunately the kitten was never found.

    Corsa and her remaining newborn kitten, named Vauxhall, were immediately brought back to Mayhew, so they could be health checked at our Community Vet Clinic.

    Animal Welfare Officer, Tania Mazzoni, added: “Sadly we never received any information regarding the whereabouts of the missing kitten. If Corsa and her newborn hadn’t been brought into Mayhew, the kitten would have likely become feral.

    “This story highlights how important it is to get your pet neutered. We are in the midst of kitten season and bringing in more unwanted kittens every day. We encourage pet owners to get their animals neutered and offer low cost and affordable neutering for cats and dogs at our Community Vet Clinic.”

    After receiving medical care and attention from our Vet team and love and socialisation from our Cattery team, we put Corsa and Vauxhall in foster with one of our experienced carers, so they could enjoy a loving home environment until they were ready to find their happily ever after.

    Corsa and Vauxhall’s foster carer, Paula, said: “Corsa is possibly the most affectionate cat I’ve ever met. She just can’t get enough love and has the loudest purr. Vauxhall is adorable and just loves to eat and sleep. They are both doing incredibly well considering what they have been through.”

    As soon as our Vet team are satisfied mum and her kitten are in good health, they will be ready for adoption.

    If you are interested in adopting any of our cats, please visit here or call 020 8962 8000.

    Our Animal Welfare Officers and Vet team respond to hundreds of abandoned, neglected and abused animals every year and provide ongoing support to carers and pet owners in vulnerable situations. Find out more about our work by visiting here and please consider a donation so we can continue our vital work helping more animals.

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