Dumped kittens die after being found covered in fleas and worms

Two kittens and an adult cat died within hours after being rescued covered in fleas and with serious worm infestations.

The RSPCA received a report from a Wirral cat charity that had rescued a female adult cat along with two litters of four kittens – four were aged about eight weeks old and two aged about three weeks old.

Animal rescuer inspector Helen Smith was sent to investigate on August 24 and found all were in poor health with fleas and bitemarks and they all had serious worm infestations.

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Sadly both of the youngest kittens died within hours due to flea anaemia and one of the other older kittens also died due to worm compaction – which the vet said is the worst case she had seen in her career.

The RSPCA then also had a report of kittens being dumped outside Broadway Veterinary Surgery in Kings Lane, Wirral, on Monday, September 6.

One of the New Ferry rescue kittens that sadly died due to a worm compaction

Both were flea ridden and had urine stains on their legs suggesting they had been kept in poor conditions and were found in a brand new cat carrier with the stickers still on.

On the same day, two other female cats were found dumped outside Parkside Veterinary surgery in New Ferry.

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Both were in a similar state of health but with poor teeth requiring dental surgery and were in the same type of new cat carrier.

One of the rescued cats that sadly died due to flea anaemia

Helen believes all three cases are related and is concerned there may be other kittens in similar poor health in the area or other people may have taken on kittens with similar health issues.

She said: “It seems more than a coincidence that we have three cases in a couple of miles radius of kittens being found in poor health.

“In the latest two cases, the kittens were found in exactly the same brand new cat carriers with the labels still on outside two vets on the same day.

“I am very concerned that these poor kittens are in such a poor state of health that three have died and the others needed urgent veterinary attention. All were in such a state and were terribly frightened.

The new cat carrier that was was left outside a vets in New Ferry

“It does raise concerns that more kittens may be suffering in similar conditions so I am keen to trace anyone who has taken on a kitten recently suffering in this way from the New Ferry area.”

All the cats and kittens are now receiving veterinary treatment and are in RSPCA care where they remain until they are ready to find new homes.

The two female adults found outside Parkside Vets are currently in the care of the Southport, Ormskirk and District branch and will need expensive dental work before they can be rehomed.

The others are in the care of the Wirral and Chester branch of the RSPCA and will be rehomed once they are in good health.

Both branches already have many animals available for adoption including cats, kittens and dogs. You can find out more by visiting the Wirral branch website or Southport branch website.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.

Anyone who can help the investigation should call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018

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