Kittens had to fight for their life after being abandoned by their mother. 

A wonderful Animals in Distress volunteer found the kittens under a shed, they were stone cold when they were found, one with fencing wire stuck around its neck. They were only hours old, all with umbilical cords still attached. 

They were rescued and brought to Animals in distress. There were four kittens, but unfortunately two didn’t make it. 

One of the kittens, Sketcher has been deemed a ‘miracle kitten’. 

Animals in distress said in a Facebook post: ‘little Sketcher is a fighter. He is being hand fed every two hours throughout the day and night by our wonderful cattery team, who take him home with them at night to make sure he gets all his feeds.’

The staff had concerns for Sketchers well-being, as typically kittens in that situation don’t make it, but after 4 days sketcher was showing promising signs. 

‘Sketcher is still going strong. He’s a little fighter, but it’s still early days. 

‘Kittens who’ve had such a bad start often don’t make it, especially when they have been abandoned by their mother and had no colostrum from their first feed. This leaves them with weakened immune systems and more vulnerable to infection.

‘Our cattery team are doing an amazing job and we all have everything crossed for little Sketcher that he will pull through.’

They explained that both kittens, Skecher and Miu Miu, are doing great. They are still being fed around the clock and are both eating well and putting on weight.

However, the kittens are not out of the woods yet, a lot of work and care is still required to keep them safe and healthy.

Animals in distress has said they are running out of cotton wool pleats, used for toileting the kittens and would be grateful for donations in the local supermarket bins, which can be found at;

Sainsbury's – Torquay. 

Paignton & Dawlish 

Tesco – Newton Abbot (Kingsteignton)

Morrisons – Paignton & Totnes 

Coop – Shiphay store in Torquay and Trago Mills Store in Newton Abbot 

Pets at home – Newton Abbot & Paignton 

(Animals in Distress)