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Tiny kittens found dumped in bin in Queen's Park

PUBLISHED: 17:46 18 April 2016 | UPDATED: 07:33 19 April 2016

Bert and Ernie need around-the-clock care

Bert and Ernie need around-the-clock care

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A cruel cat owner has dumped two three-week-old kittens in a bin in Queen's Park.

Bert and Ernie were found dumped in a bin in Queen's ParkBert and Ernie were found dumped in a bin in Queen's Park

The tiny male pair, who should still be with their mother for health reasons, were found inside a box by a refuse collector who was emptying the bin last week.

He handed them to a dog walker who brought them to The Mayhew Animal Home in Trenmar Gardens, Kensal Green, where staff have named them Bert and Ernie after two characters from the children’s television programme Sesame Street.

They have been given a clean bill of health by The Mayhew’s vet but despite a search for their mother she has not been found.

They are currently receiving around-the care-clock by a foster carer who has kindly stepped in.

Georgina Disney, The Mayhew’s cat welfare coordinator, said: “As they are sadly without their mother, we need to do everything that the mummy cat would usually do to ensure Bert and Ernie grow into happy, mature adult cats.”

“We need to feed Bert and Ernie every four hours throughout the day and night with special veterinary-formulated kitten substitute milk. Just like a human baby, everything must be sterile, so the water used needs to be boiled and cooled and the equipment needs to also be cleaned in boiling water.”

“As they are only three weeks old, Bert and Ernie are also unable to urinate or defecate by themselves, so we need to stimulate these movements by gently rubbing cotton wool separately over their urethra and anus.

“We will also need to keep the kittens clean and, of course, spend lots of time playing and socialising with them!”

Zoe Edwards, The Mayhew’s welfare manager, added: “We can’t imagine how terrifying it must have been for these three week old kittens to be abandoned in a bin, with only a box for shelter. It’s worrying to think what would have happened to the kittens if they hadn’t been found so quickly by the bin man.

“We often see lots of kittens coming into our home once the weather starts getting warmer, though we do get them all year round, and this just highlights how important it is to get your pet neutered. We offer low cost neutering for cats, dogs and rabbits, so there is no excuse for not getting your pet neutered.”

Bert and Ernie will return to The Mayhew when they are old enough where they will be vaccinated and neutered before they are ready to find a loving forever home.

For more information about The Mayhew and neutering cats and dogs visit themayhew.org.

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