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RSPCA Dresses Kittens in Socks to Protect them Through Night

19 August 2014

UK - From cat in the hat to kitty in a sock! The RSPCA has been forced to dress two abandoned kittens in socks to prevent them from suckling one another in their sleep.

The two kittens were found abandoned in a shed in Osterley, West London earlier this month. They were just a few weeks old and barely alive.

Since coming to the Putney Animal Hospital, RSPCA vet nurse Katrina Devita has been hand-rearing them at home. This is because a hospital environment can be stressful for such young animals.

As they are still only a month old, Katrina has to hand feed them every two hours and give them lots of TLC.

kittens in socks

Sian Anderson, a clinical manager at our Putney Animal Hospital, said: “You may wonder about the outfits. Unfortunately these two naughty boys have a habit of suckling each other in their sleep and making themselves sore.

“Our nurse came up with these fabulous outfits to help stop the habit! They are made from babies socks as they really are that small. As you can see they are very happy and not affected by them.”

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Sian added: “We are seeing such a high number of kittens coming into our care. We would like to urge people to remember to get their cats neutered to try and avoid unwanted litters of kittens.

Hand-rearing is so time intensive and our staff are overwhelmed by the sheer number of cats and kittens that need our help.”

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