We have released photos of two of our cutest residents – George and Elton – in the hope of encouraging people to adopt a kitten rather than buy one.

Ginger kitten in baby sock © RSPCAThese two were found abandoned in a shed in Osterley, West London on 1 August. They were just a few weeks old and barely alive.

Since coming to our 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.

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.”

Get your cats neutered

Ginger kitten in baby sock © RSPCA

George and Elton will be available for rehoming in around a month, once they are fully weaned. They will have to be rehomed together as they are so close.

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.”

The number of cats being rescued is increasing

Our centres are already fit to bursting point with many cats now being looked after in costly private boarding.  This year so far we have rescued 3,306 abandoned cats – 14 per cent more than last year. We have also helped 7,914 sick or injured cats up from 6,389 last year.

Overall we have 1,720 cats in our 16 national centres and private boarding as of August 1 compared with 1,397 on July 1. This figure doesn’t take into account our 164 branches.

We have lots of animals available for rehoming. Why not find a pet today?

We can’t do it without you

We are only able to rescue and care for animals like this thanks to generous donations from the public. Please donate online today or text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).