Homeless cat and kittens found in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 18:20 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:08 16 March 2017
Welwyn Hatfield Cats Protection
Welwyn Hatfield Cats Protection is appealing for owners to get their cats neutered after a possible stray cat and her kittens were found in a elderly residents garden.
Valerie Lamb, 84, of The Paddocks, saw a black and white cat trying to get into her greenhouse on Wednesday, March 8.
Assuming the greenhouse had mice inside it the Panshanger resident asked her son to check inside.
Valerie told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “My son checked the greenhouse and said ‘mum there are kittens in here’. I thought he was pulling a prank on me.
“I was thrilled to see them and have them there but I was worried because I didn’t know how to look after them or what to do and who to call.
“I borrowed cat food off someone and put it in there with the mum and some water. She fed and drank quite well.
“The mum stayed in there the whole time with the kittens and rarely left them alone.”
Valerie, who used to work at The Hazel Grove Hotel in Hatfield before it closed, asked people on Facebook what she should do and was advised to call Welwyn Hatfield Cats Protection.
Glenn Currell a welfare officer at Welwyn Hatfield Cats Protection picked up the four felines last night.
Glenn said: “Sadly this is another sad story of a likely stray who has fallen pregnant.
“The mum is not microchipped and is not very old herself.
“The three kittens are about 7 to 10 days old and have only just started to open their eyes.
“We will look after her and the kittens until her owner, if she has one, picks her up or until we find them homes.
“I picked them up last night because mums move their kittens around quite frequently so I needed to get there fast to make sure she didn’t leave the greenhouse with them and go elsewhere.”
Glenn added: “People do not get their cats neutered and don’t realise the effects that has on a cat and kittens.
“We will even pay for you to get your cat neutered so there is no excuse.
“It’s cruel to let your cat be at risk of catching an FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) as this can be passed onto the kittens and then cause complications.
“It’s is passed on through fighting and mating.
“We have picked up 11 strays from Welwyn Garden City in the last 12 months that have tested positive with it.
“We have no idea if the tomcat who is the dad of these kittens had any diseases.
“Please get your cat neutered or bring them into us so we can do it.”
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