Norwich woman finds newborn kitten in bedroom wardrobe
PUBLISHED: 08:53 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:50 22 March 2018
When Cassie Hollis was woken up at 5:30am on Wednesday morning, she discovered an adorable surprise waiting for her in her spare bedroom wardrobe.
Ms Hollis, who lives on Leonards Street in Norwich, said she was woken up by the sound of the cat flap and a squeaking noise.
“I have a male cat, Mikey, a ginger Tom who has been known to bring in birds and mice in the past, so that’s what I thought it might be,” she said. “But when I looked in the back of the cupboard behind some boxes, there was a tiny meowing kitten squeaking very loudly, quite a surprise”
Ms Hollis suspects she may have interrupted the new mother, who was probably in the process of moving her litter into the wardrobe, but she was nowhere to be seen.
“Funnily enough, I usually have a cat flap which only allows my cat to enter by scanning his microchip, but it broke a few weeks ago, so mum had probably scouted out suitable nesting spots in advance.”
Ms Hollis made sure the kitten was warm and comfortable, before contacting the RSPCA.
“I picked the kitten up in a towel. I remembered from somewhere that you should try and avoid touching newborn kittens - the human smell may cause it’s mother to reject it. It was obviously very young.
“It’s eyes weren’t open and I could see that the umbilical cord was still attached. I sat cradling it for a while, which soothed the squeaking and then I typed into Google ‘I found a baby kitten, what do I do?’
“The advice was that the best place for a kitten is with its mother. But if you do need to intervene, then the first most important thing is to keep the kitten warm.”
It was hoped the mum would return for her lost kitten, but after a couple of hours of being left alone there was still no sign of her.
“As time passed I was worried that she would need feeding, so I called the RSPCA and they responded really quickly, sending a warden round to pick her up. I also put notes through most of the neighbours doors asking if anyone had seen or owned a pregnant cat or new mum.”
Unfortunately, it has now most likely been too long to reunite mother and baby. However the mother may be in distress, especially if she is a stray with a new litter of kittens to look after.
• If anyone does come across the cat - thought to be around the St Augustines area - please call the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.