Sweet smell of survival for rescue kitten found in a skip

Twoflower - looking at the camera - with two of his adopted siblings
Twoflower – looking at the camera – with two of his adopted siblings

Twoflower was just a few weeks old when he was discovered dumped in a skip in and found by a kind rescuer who brought him in to Calder Vets in Dewsbury. The vets immediately contacted Yorkshire Cat Rescue, which was founded by Sara Atkinson. Staff at the Cat Rescue centre took him in and decided to try him with a new momma.

As Twoflower was too young to fend for himself, the ingeniuous staff at Yorkshire Cat Rescue decided to see if recent mum-of-four, Magic, would agree to adopt the tiny orphan.

A new Magic momma

Magic had been handed in at Yorkshire Cat Rescue as a pregnant stray, and had given birth to four kittens on 3 October in the care of kindly Yorkshire Cat Rescue fosterer, Sheila Pepper in Skipton.

Sheila says: “Magic is a natural mum and she was doing a sterling job raising her own kittens so I was fairly optimistic that she would take on another.”

About Twoflower’s narrow escape, Sam Davies, Centre Manager of Yorkshire Cat Rescue, says: “There is no way Twoflower could have ventured or fallen into the skip by himself; sadly it is more likely that he was thrown in on purpose. Luckily for him he has a big voice for a little guy so someone heard him crying, fished him out and took him to the vet.

“We estimated that Twoflower was roughly the same age as Magic’s foursome, three weeks old at the time, and we have previously had great success integrating orphan kittens into other healthy litters, so it made sense to see if Magic would adopt him. Cats are far better at nursing and raising kittens that we humans are so we always prefer that as an option where possible.”

Twoflower as part of the gang

Magic’s own kittens were named after characters in Terry Pratchett’s comic fantasy book series, Discworld: Ponder Sibbons, Mustrum Ridcully, Eskarina and Rincewind. So Sheila decided to dub the newcomer ‘Twoflower’ as part of the gang of characters.

About the initial introduction, Sheila says: “I just showed tiny Twoflower to Magic and she instantly began washing him. I have introduced orphan kittens to nursing mother before, but this one was the fastest. I put him down with her straight away and she quickly guided him to the food bowl and encouraged him to eat. When I went to check on them later that evening, he was feeding from her amongst the other kittens. It was a beautiful sight. We’re just a few weeks in now and she was already treating him like one of her own after only a few days.”

The kindness of strangers

This isn’t Magic’s first litter. Pregnant at just six months old, she was taken in by a stranger and allowed to give birth inside. But cats come into season remarkably soon after giving birth, and she became pregnant again before her own kittens were fully weaned. Her carer then asked Yorkshire Cat Rescue for help and the charity placed her with Sheila where she can enjoy the outside in an enclosed garden.

She says: “This will most definitely be Magic’s last litter. She has done enough and will be neutered when the kittens are weaned, before they are all put up for adoption. She is such a friendly and remarkable cat; I hope she gets the home she deserves.”

Adopt don’t shop

For anyone wanting to adopt a rescue cat, we encourage you to do so. Adopt don’t shop is a motto to live by where animals are concerned. And for that nasty piece of work who dumped poor defenceless Twoflower in a skip, all we have to say is shame on you and karma is a-coming for you, you worthless human!

For more information on Yorkshire Cat Centre, and the kitties they currently have looking for purrfect homes, visit their website at http://yorkshirecatrescue.org/

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