Kittens found living in ‘dangerous’ conditions in the back of supermarket re-homed in Redhill

November 14, 2017
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A cat and its kittens which were found living in the back of a supermarket in London, in conditions branded “dangerous” by the RSPCA, have been re-homed in Redhill .

The RSPCA were told that tiny kittens were being given away for free at the back of the supermarket in Peckham on May 26 and inspector Callum Isitt started to investigate.

On arrival at the site, staff took him to the back of the shop where one cat was hiding with her kittens in storage boxes and on stacked bags of rice, close to the butcher’s counter.

Inspector Isitt said: “The staff had got the mum cat originally as a mouser, but they didn’t have her neutered, and of course the inevitable happened – she became pregnant. All the stacked bags of rice on the large shelving unit provided the perfect dark hiding spot for her to have the kittens.

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“With all the stock and machinery around, it was a really dangerous place for cats and kittens to be living.

“The staff had been concerned about what to do with all the cats, hence why they were offering them to people for free, so they were happy to sign the mum and all her kittens over to the RSPCA, and they seemed quite relieved.

“I was able to give them advice about why neutering cats is so important, unfortunately they learned this the hard way.”

The cat and her kittens were taken to the RSPCA South Godstone Centre, in Eastbourne Road, and were checked over by staff.

The conditions Lucy and her kittens were found in
(Image: RSPCA)

Inspector Isitt added: “The mother cat proved a little bit tricky to catch at first, but once I’d popped the four tiny kittens into the carrier, mum gave up and let me pick her up and pop her in with them.

“I put a towel over the carrier to keep her calm while I transported the family to our RSPCA South Godstone Centre where a nice warm cat bed and a good meal was waiting for them.”

Staff at the centre nicknamed the mother cat Lucy and the kittens Joanna, Nelly, Tobias and Todd – a Sweeney Todd theme as they were found near the butcher section of the shop.

The family settled into their temporary home quickly and checks from the RSPCA team found that the kittens were in good health.

RSPCA inspector Callum Isitt and one of the kittens he found
(Image: RSPCA)

Not long after their arrival, centre staff were brought a stray kitten called Esmeralda who had been found alone, stuck between a plant pot and a fence, and needed a surrogate mum. In a heart-warming twist, Lucy the cat was more than happy to welcome another kitten into her litter.

Now, the future is far brighter for Lucy and her kittens, who have all since found new homes. Nellie and Todd were re-homed together in Berkshire, Esmeralda and Tobias started a new life in Sussex and Joanna and Lucy were re-homed separately in Redhill.

The story of Lucy and her kittens will feature on new Channel 5 show Jo Brand’s Cats and Kittens, which follows the work of the RSPCA around the country.

Jo Brand said: “I’m a self-confessed feline fanatic and this series goes behind the scenes and follows the RSPCA inspectors, vets and volunteers who work tirelessly to save the nation’s cats from harm.

Lucy and Joanna were re-homed separately in Redhill
(Image: RSPCA)

“From four-storey falls, to cats stuck up chimneys, the RSPCA have their work cut out rescuing Britain’s moggies from danger and we follow them every step of the way.”

The first episode airs at 12.15pm on Friday (November 17) and the second is on Tuesday (November 21) at 8pm.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing animals in desperate need of care visit www.rspca.org.uk/give . To re-home a cat or kitten like Lucy and her family visit the RSPCA website .

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