Tiny Kitten Jiminy Cricket Hand Reared By Caring Staff At Cats Protection

Tiny Kitten Jiminy Cricket Hand Reared By Caring Staff At Cats Protection

A tiny kitten who was rejected by his mother is being hand-reared around the clock by staff at Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre. Three-week-old Jiminy Cricket was brought to the centre, in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, when he was a few days old by the owner of his mother, who was not feeding him. Since then, a dedicated team of 10 staff have been taking it turns to care for Jiminy around the clock, including taking him home each evening for night feeds. Although the centre does not need to find Jiminy a new home, the centre has launched a fundraising appeal to help with the cost of his care.

Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre Deputy Manager Tania Marsh said: “It’s unusual for mothers to reject their kittens, but it does occasionally happen. Jiminy was the only kitten in the litter and his mother was just eight months old herself, and wasn’t interested in feeding him. Kittens are totally dependent on their mothers, so our staff have had to step into that role. We’ve been hand-feeding him around the clock, and will need to help him wean on to solid food and toilet train him in due course – something his mother would normally do. Our staff are only too happy to provide this care and do so willingly and with great dedication, but caring for a kitten is very time-intensive. We’ve launched our fundraising appeal to help towards the cost of his care as it will still be a few weeks until Jiminy is ready to be homed. He needs lots of supplies such as bottles, kitten milk, cotton wool to toilet him and bedding. Then when he gets older we will be weaning him onto kitten food and litter. All of these things are very costly for the charity so we’re hoping to raise funds to help us provide everything Jiminy needs. Jiminy is undeniably very cute, and we already have many people lined up to offer him a home, so we do not need any help in finding him a new owner. While this is great news for him, it’s very sad to see the many older cats in our care who struggle to attract the attention of a potential new owner.”

To help towards the cost of Jiminy’s care, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/NCAC-Jiminy-Cricket

While staff are not in need of enquiries to offer Jiminy a home, new owners are needed for the 150 other cats currently in the care of Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre. To enquire about homing a cat, please email the centre at cattery.reception@cats.org.uk

The National Cat Adoption Centre is situated in Chelwood Gate, on the A275 between Wych Cross and Danehill. For a map and directions to the National Cat Adoption Centre, please visit www.cats.org.uk/find-us/find-the-ncc/