This Halloween, Gables Dogs and Cats Home were asked to help an extremely poorly and malnourished kitten. ‘Poorly Pumpkin’, as she has been affectionately named, is only 10 months old but has already had a litter of kittens. This has caused her tiny, weak body to shut down as the kittens have literally drained the life from her. She weighs just 1.5kg! - less than half of what a healthy kitten her age should weigh.
She was severally dehydrated when she arrived at Gables and immediately had life-saving fluids administered as well as treatment for a flea and worm infestation. She is also suffering from respiratory problems, digestive issues and has painful, weeping eyes. Poorly Pumpkin’s short sad life has so far been spent fending for herself in the wild, but now she must continue to fight for her survival with Gables’ help. She has had very limited human contact so far and is currently semi feral but she will still receive the best care and as much love and attention as she is able to handle.
Ruth Rickard, Deputy Manager says: “Most people don’t realise that a kitten is able to reproduce as young as 4 months old so sadly this is not the first time we have received a call about kittens giving birth to kittens and it will not be the last. However it is the first time we have seen a cat this tiny and so poorly yet still alive! Once we saw how ill she was we knew we had to do everything in our power to try to save her. We were absolutely shocked that any of them (mum or kittens) had survived at all. Poorly Pumpkin has given everything to help her kittens and now we must do everything we can to help her.”
It is estimated that it will cost Gables an additional £500 for Poorly Pumpkin’s lifesaving treatments, veterinary care and specialist food. Even though the charity is struggling financially due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, especially with the latest lockdown now in place, they are determined to help Poorly Pumpkin begin to regain her strength and start the search for her forever home.
If we are lucky enough to raise more money than is needed for Poorly Pumpkin, it will go towards helping the other animals in their care.