THREE cats who were rescued from an empty property which was being run as an illegal kitten farm are now in their forever homes and getting the attention and love they deserve.
Two-year-old tabby and white cats Minden and Ivy were rehomed to Toyah Howick and her mum Lisa in Nuneaton.
Arlo was rehomed to Lloyd and Simone Clements in Coventry, and the cats are now spending their two year anniversary in their new homes after being rescued as kittens.
RSPCA inspector Louise Marston rescued them in April 2019 from an empty property in Coventry which had 18 kittens inside, many of them gravely ill or too young to be away from their mum.
Insp Marston said: “These kittens were found in a house on their own and many were far too young to be away from their mum and were also at risk from the spread of feline parvovirus via contact with contaminated faeces.
“Anyone looking for a new kitten should take time to make sure they have been bred responsibly, to avoid health and behavioural issues and heartbreak further down the line.
“This is why the Kitten Checklist is so important as it outlines the questions the public need to be asking to make sure they are buying from a reputable breeder.”
The Kitten Checklist includes seeing the kitten with their mum in the place where they were born, which now a requirement under the ban on third party sales, asking the age of the kitten, and if mum and kittens are all healthy.
It also gives information on the common signs of ill health, the kitten’s behaviour and how comfortable he or she is around people, all of which can indicate whether they have come from a conscientious breeder.
Alice Potter, RSPCA’s cat welfare expert said: “Every year, the RSPCA investigates thousands of reports of poorly bred puppies, sickly kittens, and gangs breeding and trafficking sick animals to sell onto unsuspecting members of the public and so we aim to bring this illegal practice to a halt.
“We continue to equip potential owners with the educational tools they need to make sure they’re not ‘petfished’ and instead are buying a happy and healthy kitten by using the Kitten Checklist.”
Visit: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/cats/kittens for more information about the Kitten Checklist.