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Three newborn kittens are recovering after they were found close to death at a factory in Walsall.

The kittens, then two days old, were found in a storage cupboard at a factory in Walsall Enterprise Park, in Regal Drive, on 31 March. It is thought that they were born to a feral cat who possibly abandoned them.

When RSPCA Animal Collection Office Catherine Strawford arrived, they were still wet from the birth, stone cold to touch and not moving. They were found with the body of a littermate, who had sadly died.Kittens1.jpg

The surviving kittens – a female, who has been named Rose, and two males, named Percy and Max – are now being hand-reared by Catherine and her family.

Catherine said: “It was so sad to see them so close to death but the surviving three are pulling through and they have become very lively. We’re so glad that they are doing well.

“It is a terrible start to their lives but I have every faith that they will keep getting stronger and stronger, and one day will be able to be rehomed. They are so cute and I can’t stop taking photos and video of them!

“Sadly we have not been able to find their mum and we have set up a cat trap near to where the kittens were found so she can be checked over and neutered. This just goes to show how important neutering is. We are actively looking for their mum – we are really hoping that she is OK, as there could be a number of reasons why she didn’t go back to her kittens.”

To help the RSPCA look after animals like Rose, Percy and Max, text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message) or visit www.rspca.org.uk/give.