RSPCA staff and fosterers have their hands full as six puppies and five kittens were born on the same day at the same rescue centre, after their mums gave birth within hours of each other.
The two litters of newborn babies are currently being cared for at the RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch. Abbey the Shih Tzu went into labour in the morning of Thursday 12 March, and all of the puppies were born by around 2.30pm. Then cat, mum Catalie went into labour at around 4.30pm – and all of her kittens had arrived by around 8pm!
A spokeswoman from the branch said, “Our cat mum, who we’ve called Catalie Portman, came into our care as a pregnant stray and shih tzu Abbey was brought in by an inspector after concerns were raised about her welfare. When she went for her vet check we discovered she was heavily pregnant.
“It’s not unusual for us to have pregnant dogs and cats coming into our care but to have two with us at the same time – and then have them both give birth on the same day – definitely is!”
“Abbey’s puppies – two boys and four girls – are almost two weeks old now and are doing really well,” the spokeswoman added. “Catalie is a great mum and her five kittens are also doing really well and getting bigger and stronger by the hour!
“We now have both mums and their litters in foster homes where they can get the one-to-one care they need at this time. We’re incredibly busy at the centre at the moment so we’re very grateful to our amazing fosterers who are taking good care of our little miracle families.
“Now is a really challenging and frightening time so we hope these little babies will remind the public of all of the amazing things that are still going on out there in the world. And to lift everyone’s spirits we’d love to invite the public to help us name our new additions.”
The RSPCA is running a competition to name the puppies and kittens on social media. Some lovely suggestions for names have already been submitted, including some flower-related names like Poppy, Petunia, and Daisy. Head over to the RSPCA Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages to submit your suggestions!
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