Two Rescue Cat Mums Raise Their Eight Kittens Together

Two Rescue Cat Mums Raise Their Eight Kittens Together

Two amazing cat mums discovered the power of teamwork recently when they raised their litters of kittens together.

Animal welfare organisation and rescue home, Mayhew, first came across this adorable, big family, when their Animal Welfare Officers received a call from the owner of a local car garage to say that he’d found two cat mums nursing eight tiny kittens.

Mayhew Animal Welfare Officer, AJ Ford, said: “As soon as we received the call from the garage, we went over to check on the mums and kittens. The eight kittens appeared to have been born on the same day to the two mums and were all cuddled up together at the garage.”

“The two mums, one domestic and one feral, were sharing the feeding responsibilities and it was impossible to tell which kittens belonged to which mum. The mums were very loving towards each other, they were nursing the kittens interchangeably and when one mum needed a break, the other was able to step in.”

“As the mums were coping so well together, we temporarily left them in the safe hands of the garage employees, who had created a safe place for the mothers to raise their kittens together. They had provided plenty of food, water and shelter for the mums and kittens, and had left three large padded seats down for them to live on. We also gave the employees lots of advice on how to care for the mums and kittens and stayed in regular contact with them during the period when they were at the garage.”

Once the kittens had reached five-weeks-old and were old enough to eat solid food, Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers returned to the garage to bring the two mums and eight kittens back to the Home.

The feral mum was neutered and health checked by Mayhew’s Vet Team, and returned back to the garage as a part of Mayhew’s Trap, Neuter and Return Programme, launched by the charity in 1996 to help control and contain the feral cat population in London. As the garage employees had become so attached to the two families, they were happy to continue looking out for the feral mum.

The domestic mum and eight kittens were settled into a comfy and warm cat cabin by Mayhew cattery staff and were given a thorough health check by the Vet Team. Thankfully mum and kittens were all in good condition and were healthy weights, proving that feline teamwork certainly makes the dream work!

As the mum and kittens were such a big family, Mayhew staff aptly named them after the characters in the popular TV cartoon show, Family Guy. The mum was named Lois and the kittens were named Peter, Meg, Chris, Stewie, Brian, Jo, Cleveland and Quagmire.

AJ, said: “Once the kittens were old enough to be eating solid food, we brought the mum and kittens in. All of the babies appeared to be in great condition – the two mums had certainly done a good job together.”

“This story highlights how important it is to get your pet neutered. We see hundreds of unwanted kittens coming into our Home all year round like the Family Guy kittens and it’s a growing problem. We encourage pet owners to get their animals neutered, and offer low cost and affordable neutering for cats and dogs at our Vet Clinic, and are part of the C4 Scheme to tackle the overpopulation of cats in London. We also run a Pick and Snip project, which offers free neutering for cats and kittens for some owners who may be eligible, pending circumstances.”

Once the kittens are old enough to leave their mum and have all been neutered and vaccinated, they’ll be ready to start their next adventure with a loving forever family.

It’s kitten season at Mayhew and it’s quite literally raining cats and kittens. They urgently need more kitten food to feed the influx of furry felines that have arrived recently. Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers are bringing in more and more kittens every day, so please consider helping by either buying some wet kitten food from their Amazon Wishlist – www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/HM48FAT7VDW2 – or donate and drop off any that you have spare. Anything that you could donate will help them continue to care for and feed the overflow of kittens throughout kitten season.

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Starving Kitten Found Abandoned on the Streets

Hi everyone,

We once again have an amazing rescue story from our friends at the mayhew charity for you!

Starving Kitten Found Abandoned on the Streets

A tiny starving kitten, who was found abandoned on the streets all by himself, has now found his happily ever after.

The five-week-old brave, tabby kitten, named Simba by Mayhew staff, was discovered by a member of the public after they spotted the cute feline roaming the streets in Wembley, North West London.

Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officer, AJ Ford, said: “Luckily we had been in the Wembley area, when the member of public spotted our animal ambulance and immediately came over and told us they had found a kitten wandering the streets.”

“We don’t know how long poor Simba had been on the streets fending for himself, but he was extremely hungry. We immediately fed him in the ambulance and he quickly lapped it all up. He was so friendly and tame.”

“At Mayhew we are dedicated to helping people in crisis situations. We are here to assist and advice on the best course of action for the animal, no matter what the problem is.”

Our Animal Welfare Officers immediately took Simba back to Mayhew, so our Vet Team could check him over and make sure he was in good health.

After being de-wormed and de-fleaed, Simba was put on foster care with one of our experienced foster carers and was soon growing in confidence and showing off his playful and affectionate character.

AJ added: “We are in the midst of kitten season and bringing in more and more unwanted kittens every day. Simba’s story highlights how important it is to get your pet neutered. At Mayhew we offer low cost and affordable neutering for cats and dogs at our Vet Clinic. We offer free neutering for bull breed dogs and for cats under the C4 scheme.”

“We also run a Pick and Snip initiative, which offers free neutering for cats and kittens for some owners who have been unable to neuter their cat or kitten due to cost, disability, apathy or transport availability.”

As soon as Simba was vaccinated and neutered, he was ready for adoption and quickly found a new forever home, along with another Mayhew cat called Lady Bella who was discovered in a bin by bin men after they noticed the bag moving.

Our Animal Welfare Officers are bringing in more and more furry felines every day and we urgently need more kitten food. Please help by either buying wet kitten food from our Amazon Wishlist – https://www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/HM48FAT7VDW2 – or drop off any that you have spare. Anything you could donate will help us to continue to care for these kittens throughout kitten season.

If you are interested in adopting any of our cats, please visit our website or call 020 8962 8009.

You can find out more about our Animal Welfare Officers work on our website and please consider a donation to help them help more cats and kittens like Simba. Alternatively, you can make an instant donation by texting “CATS27 £5” or your chosen amount up to £10 to 70070.

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We get by with a little help from our friends

By Anita Kelsey

I wanted to share a few feel good posts with you (by god we all need cheering up!) and thought I would start with something amazing that happened a months ago. The amazing event sadly happened after a tragic one but a legacy of hope had been left and many more animals, cats and dogs, benefited from the end result.

I am a huge supporter of Mayhew – an animal rescue centre and animal education based charity. On occasions I start a major campaign to help raise much needed funds for them, especially when I am affected by a case of cruelty. The ones many people dread hearing about.

When the case of Prince came along It was like I had been punched in the guts. It hurt big time. I documented the case of Prince, A beautiful German Shepherd dog, in a video that was then added to You Tube. The video can be seen below:

A Just Giving page was set up whereby people rushed to give support and a figure of £1000 was reached within 24 hours.

I wanted Prince to leave a legacy. Such a gentle beautiful giant. His life would not end tragically without something positive happening in his name, not if I had anything to do with it.

After a while the donations to the Just Giving page became less and less and soon came to a natural halt. Mayhew relies on donations only so I was happy that other animals could be helped and hopefully saved to go on and lead lovely happy lives. But Prince deserved more. He deserved a true legacy short of erecting a statue in his name in the lovely gardens of Mayhew (Still wish this to be!!!)

So, not expecting much, I emailed the CEO of two major pet companies – Zooplus and Purina.

Sending them the footage of Prince and the link to the Just Giving page I asked them if they would care to donate. Both CEO’s replied straight away, which was a surprise in itself. Both stated they do not usually give financial donations but that they would donate food to Mayhew. I was very happy with that and thanked them both for their kindness. Then waited.

A week later I received a text from one of the fundraisers at Mayhew. It just read OMG!!!

Purina had donated 500 bags of dog food and Zooplus had told Mayhew that they could turn up with a large van at one of their Greater London warehouses and fill up with food, bedding, toys etc over two visits!!!! Whatever would fit in their van. It was beyond what I ever imagined would happen.

This was the legacy I wanted for Prince. Hundreds of animals helped with kindness in his name.

Here’s a little video from my visit to see some of the items picked up from the Zooplus warehouse

Zooplus donation to The Mayhew Animal Home in memory of Prince from Feline Behaviour Consultancy on Vimeo.

Volunteers collecting from the warehouse.

So much food was sent from Purina that other animal charities benefitted too, including one in Romania.

There are some amazing people out there. If you don’t ask you never know!

Thank you to Zooplus and Purina for giving a helping hand to many more cats and dogs and for turning a tragic event into a positive one for future generations of sentient beings we SHARE the planet with.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita, a strong advocate of a vegan lifestyle, is based in Notting Hill, London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza. Her debut booked is published by John Blake and is called Claws, Confessions Of A Cat Groomer.

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Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita is based in Notting Hill, London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza.