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Kittens born during Covid-19 lockdown need names

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Four kittens that were born in RSPCA care just 24 hours after Boris Johnson announced that the country would be going into lockdown in a bid to halt the spread of Coronavirus are going to be named tonight.

As the RSPCA’s centres and branches closed their doors to the public, on March 24, staff at the Mid Norfolk and North Suffolk branch had their hands full as cat Puma gave birth to four healthy kittens.

Her foster carer and animal welfare manager, Chloe Shorten, was on hand to help the young mum during her three-hour labour.

Puma and her kittens. (32917854)
Puma and her kittens. (32917854)

Anna Fehr-Foote, from the branch, said: "Puma was rescued from a multi-cat household and has taken to motherhood very quickly.

"She was soon cleaning and feeding her babies, giving them all the care and attention they needed.”

The branch staff are now asking supporters to help them name the kittens - two girls and two boys - with shortlisted names suggested by Facebook followers.

The kittens were born on the first day of lockdown. (32917908)
The kittens were born on the first day of lockdown. (32917908)

Anna added: “The kittens are already so much bigger which isn’t surprising given how much time they spend eating and snoozing! Now, they really do need names.

“We asked our Facebook followers to suggest names and we’ve whittled them down to our favourite four groups - so we need to decide what suits them the best! Can you help us pick the purr-fect names?”

They’re asking people to choose their favourite on their Facebook page before announcing the winning names tonight.

The options are:

  • Ash, Coal, Cinder, Ember
  • Neve, Harry, Sarah and Edward (NHS England)
  • Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, Niobe
  • Cordelia, Viola, Tybalt and Mercutio

The branch - which is an independently run and separately registered charity to the national RSPCA - is also appealing to the public to help with the ongoing costs of caring for the kittens and all of the other animals currently in their care.

Anna said: “We have lots of animals in our care at the moment, including other nursing mums, and we want to give them the love and security they deserve.

“The Coronavirus outbreak has had a huge impact on our ability to raise funds as we’ve had to close our charity shops and cancel our upcoming events so we’d be incredibly grateful to anyone who can donate via our Amazon wishlist or via our website.

“Our work continues whether the country is on lockdown or not, so please help us to help animals who need us.”

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