Five four-week-old kittens were left in a cardboard box with nothing to keep them warm at the front door of the BC SPCA’s Victoria animal centre. Luckily, they were found by one of the staff just minutes after they were abandoned based on security camera footage. Unfortunately, the person who abandoned the kittens and their vehicle were out of frame.
“The staff member could hear mewing and opened the box to see five beautiful kittens, two orange tabbies, a flame point, a calico and a black and white runt,” says Emma Hamill, manager of the BC SPCA’s Victoria animal centre. “Thankfully, they were all healthy but too young to be away from their mom.” The kittens were syringe fed kitten milk replacement every four hours. Fortunately, they had begun to eat wet food on their own, so the weening process could begin. “The kittens continue to need syringe feeding until they are about eight-weeks-old when they can eat all they need on their own.”
Hamill adds that the kittens were very interested in people from the minute they were brought out of the box, climbing all over the staff and snuggling up for attention. “Sadly, they were looking for mom mewing the whole day while we waited to get them into a foster home.”
The kittens are currently staying in BC SPCA foster homes until they are ready to be adopted. “Being separated from mom so early, they are still getting the hang of litter box training and other things their mom would have taught them,” says Hamill. “We have been getting updates from the fosters and apparently the calico we named Comfort has a lot of personality. She likes to boss her siblings around and doesn’t hesitate to vocalize her needs.” Hamill adds that Stuart Little, the flame point has a very sweet personality and Bobbin, the runt of the litter, is slowly catching up to her siblings and will also be a beautiful and sweet cat.
The kittens will be available for adoption in two weeks.