Lucky day for orphaned black kittens

Cat adopts orphaned kittens after own died

JOHN MCKENZIE
Last updated 10:14 01/11/2012
SPCA cats
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NEW FAMILY: Arabella with her three new foster kittens.

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On a day when most people avoid black cats, Arabella collected a litter of them.

The stray cat - who had her own kitten die at birth - has found new love with three one-week-old motherless kittens.

''It was just a simple case of the cat wanting to be a mum,'' said Wellington SPCA animal care and adoptions manager Nicholas Taylor.

Arabella was found on Tuesday, when a Wainuiomata woman went into her back garden and discovered the moggy giving birth.

The kitten had died during birth, causing a serious health risk for Arabella.

SPCA business development and marketing manager James Craw said the cat was taken to the agency's Newtown centre, where they performed an emergency c-section.

Then yesterday morning, three one-week-old stray kittens were found in a shipping container with no mother.

Those kittens were also taken to the Newtown centre, but without a mother chances of survival looked slim.

The team at Wellington SPCA then matched Arabella up with the kittens, forming an instant connection.

''This is a win-win for us as the mum gets the babies she always wanted and the kittens get the mum and the milk that they need to survive,'' Mr Craw said.

The cat and the kittens will go into foster care with a volunteer from the SPCA, and after about eight weeks will all be adopted out to new homes.

SPCA workers weren't feeling superstitious about the trio of as-yet-unnamed black kittens, but Mr Taylor said they might try to give them Halloween-themed monikers.

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- The Dominion Post

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