A MOTHER cat from Wyberton has taken to the role of foster parent to a kitten found ‘abandoned’ in a Boston garden.
The two-week-old animal was discovered under a bush in a Park Road, and is now being fed by Miah - a brown spotted Bengal who had her own litter a few weeks ago.
Miah’s owners, Richard and Christine Vernon are now helping the mother cat to care for the kitten until it is weaned off milk.
Richard explained: “A friend of ours found a tiny kitten abandoned in her garden. It can only be about two-weeks-old. She rang us for help as we have a Bengal queen nursing two four-week-old kittens of her own.”
Standard readers may recall Mr and Mrs Vernon’s extraordinary efforts to hand-rear a brood of five-day-old baby gerbils last year when their mum met a grisly end with the pet cat.
Richard said: “We initially tried feeding the kitten the same way as we fed the gerbils, with formula milk and a plastic syringe, but it’s not worked out too good so we introduced it to the nursing mum and she has accepted the kitten as her own.”
He concluded: “It was wonderful to watch our mum wash the new arrival, she’s really taken to him.”
Mr Vernon said his friend who found the kitten is planning to give it a permanent home when it is old enough to leave its new ‘mum’.