Monday, 7 August 2017

What a morning.

Tess and I were going for our morning walk today and as we got to the pasture gate a surprise awaited us in the grass at the side of the gate.   Somebody had dumped six kittens in the long grass.   They hadn't been there long and they were not totally wild - I would guess about six weeks old.

It never ceases to amaze me how people can be so thoughtless and cruel.   There are organisations which will take kittens (and if you have a cat then please have it 'doctored' to save yourself having to cope with kittens.)

My mobility is poor and after struggling as fast as I could I rang my son.   At the same time the lady who cleans for me arrived and together they managed to collect four of the six - the other two ran into the hedge and it was impossible to catch them.

We put them in Tess's crate and took them to the Vet in Bedale who deals with such things.   They were transferred to another crate and we arrived back home a short time ago.

They were such pretty little things and certainly not wild  - but I do wonder how the two who escaped will cope.   I suspect that something - a stoat, a fox, a rat - will get them as they are too innocent to survive.   It is not all that far to our barn where our two farm cats live.   I shall keep looking in case they find their way there.

I wish I could find out who did this.   Not only because of their cruelty to the kittens but also because of the inconvenience it caused me.   I am struggling to cope at the moment and certainly didn't need this.

But it is good to know that four of them are in safe hands - three ginger and  one black.
Here are the first three in Tess's crate.

39 comments:

Yorkshire Pudding said...

As you say, there's no need to do that. It's very cruel. The kittens would probably have died if you hadn't come along. What a shame that two of them got away - not realising that you wanted to help them. Well done Mrs Weaver (and Tess)!

Jules said...

Thank goodness you found them. It's a shame about the other two, I do hope they turn up.
My friend boards cats for the RSPCA and is always amazed by how many kittens they receive. X

Elizabeth said...

I do hope they gt good homes!
So glad you got to them before the foxes did.
Hope the other two survive.

9 Frugal Fingers said...

Thank goodness you found them...some people are scum.

Linda Metcalf said...

People can be so cruel...the poor babies. Thank you for the rescue!

Sue in Suffolk said...

Poor little scraps, There are some uncaring people about. Thank goodness you spotted them.

roth phallyka said...

Well done Mrs Weaver (and Tess)!


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Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I live across the street from a farm and heartless people often abandon pets here. For some we can find help but others are left to nature. It is heartbreaking.

Mrs said...

Aren't some folk cruel! Like you say, there are organisations out there to take animals in need. No doubt these lucky kittens will get snapped up by new loving owners. Perhaps the other 2 will stay around and might be "catchable" - here's hoping. I do love cats.

Countryside Tales said...

Goodness what an adventure. We have wild cats here - unneutered- who reproduce every year. It's a nightmare for the local wildlife and I'm furious at whoever let them go in the first place. They are impossible to get close to. Well done on managing to collect those you could.

Derek Faulkner said...

As a bird lover and gardener I'm no lover of cats but I could never do that to the kittens, it's deplorable and totally unnecessary and I just can't get into the mind of someone who can walk away from them like that.

Frugal in Essex Tania said...

Thoughtless idiots and so unnecessary these days. I'm allergic to cats but I would never see any harm done to them. I hope they find new homes.

Sue said...

Well done Pat. At least those four you saved will have a chance in life now.

Librarian said...

Poor babies! As young as they are, the two that escaped have no chance of surival until they are found very soon. They can not eat proper food yet (at least not enough to give them strength) and need their mother's milk and warmth.
Well done, you and Tess, for saving as many as you could!

Rachel said...

They look lively. There's four in that there crate. The other two are enjoying mice for tea.

Mac n' Janet said...

I will never understand people who do this sort of thing. How cruel and what a mess for you to deal with.

Joanne Noragon said...

What goes around comes around, as we say. Nothing good will happen to those kitten dumpers.

donna baker said...

As an animal lover, I sure hope Joanne is right. I've seen feral kittens trying to catch bugs to eat.

Louise Stopford said...

How can people be so cruel? It is so upsetting. I absolutely love cats and have always, always had ours neutered. I hope they find a loving forever home.

Theresa Young said...

It never ceases to amaze just how cruel people can be to our four legged friends. Thank God you saw them and were willing and able to catch four of them.

littlemancat said...

Thank you and Tess for helping the kittens. Just impossible to imagine how cruel people can be.
Mary

jinxxxygirl said...

I wonder if perhaps the Universe was speaking and maybe you need a house cat at your new place...?? They are adorable... So very nice of you to take on the problem along with everything else... Hugs! deb

Devon said...

You did a very good thing by helping them today. Sorry you are having such a hard time right now. Perhaps after the move happens and you are able to settle in your new home things will become easier. Sending hugs.

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A Brit in Tennessee said...

Thank you for helping them, but sorry it adds to your hectic days.
I was wondering if they might be feral cats, and born in the hedgerows ?
Regardless, maybe they will now have the chance of a better life.
My cat in England was born on an allotment, and despite him living until he was twenty one years of age, there was a part of him that was always feral.
My beautiful ginger "Brandy".
Good luck catching the other two kittens.
~Jo

Cro Magnon said...

Someone dumped a whole litter of Siamese kittens in the woods near us (many years ago), and they thrived for about 15 years. I haven't seen any of them recently, so maybe they have come to an end.

justjill said...

Well done you - and Tess. Inhuman act. One despairs.

Jennifer said...

I'm so glad you were able to help four of them. People are just awful to abandon poor innocent creatures like that. My dog Ginger was "dumped" by our house as a puppy. I was dismayed at first (we certainly weren't looking to own a dog at the time) but she's turned out to be such a blessing to us!

Doc said...

So very kind of you, I hope the other two find refuge in your barn.

thelma said...

Wretched people, they should be prosecuted. The one good thing when cats end up in rescue organisations is that they get neutered, not to repeat the same story over and over again.

Bovey Belle said...

Despicable people. Poor little mites wouldn't survive long as they are so young and have no hunting skills. You were obviously meant to find them and save the ones you could catch. Your good deed for the day. I hope that the other two find their way to your barn and you are able to capture them.

As you know, we are "Stray Central" here and have rescued many cats over the years, which have come, desperate, to our land.

hart said...

Those kittens were lucky you came along.

Billie said...

Bless you for your kindness! I hope you will locate the other two kittens.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Update. There is a cat rescue lady living in Snape, not all that far away. At tea time on my walk I heard a kitten mewing in the hedge - I rang her and she came an hour ago with two traps which she has baited with food as they will be hungry by now. She is coming back later tonight in the hopes that she has caught at least one.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Horrible horrible people!

roth phallyka said...

I hope the other two find refuge in your barn.


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