ABANDONED in a housing block, these kittens aged just three-and-a-half weeks old are now looking for a new home.
The litter of eight kittens – two females and six males – had to be rescued by the Fareham and Waterlooville branch of Cats Protection.
The organisation believes the owners of mum, Molly, had kicked her out and she subsequently fell pregnant.
Molly had become separated from her litter – found in a block in Shirrell Heath, near Fareham – but Cats Protection set up a trap and reunited them.
When Molly was found she was skinny and the kittens were below the normal weight.
They are now being looked after by cat fosterers Eric and Inga Silverberg at their home in Stubbington.
Inga said: ‘They are absolutely gorgeous and so friendly.
‘They purr at you.’
When Molly was found she had a collar on which was extremely tight.
It’s thought she may have been wearing it since she was young and had outgrown it.
Inga added: ‘We had to cut it off it was so tight.
‘I don’t know how she managed to give birth to eight kittens with that round her neck.
‘She was half starved, she had had no food.
‘But she’s having lots of food now.
‘She is so loving. She likes nothing better than lots of attention.’
The couple fear that the recession may have had an impact on abandoned cats.
Eric added: ‘We have got about 20 cats at the moment waiting to be rehomed.
‘It’s happening all the time. With the economy as it is people are finding it difficult and people are just abandoning and getting rid of their animals.
‘We are anxiously looking for new homes, not just for the kittens but for other cats.’
Inga said cat owners need to ensure their cats are neutered, adding: ‘From four months old a cat can get pregnant. It’s irresponsible of the owners.
‘It’s cruel because she didn’t want to get pregnant but it’s nature. I felt sorry for her.’
The kittens will have been vaccinated and microchipped and a neutering voucher will be provided to help towards the costs.
To find out more about adopting a cat, visit fareham.cats.org.uk or call 0845 260 1504.