A pregnant stray taken in by Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers has given birth to a litter of kittens, which have been named after characters from Harry Potter.
The pregnant tabby was named Bellatrix by Mayhew staff after she was discovered in North West London.
Georgina Disney, Mayhew’s Cat Welfare Coordinator, commented: “When she arrived we knew she was pregnant, so we made sure our Vet Team checked her over and that she was in good health. We quickly settled her in to a warm and cosy cabin and tried to make her as comfortable and stress free as possible.
“It also became very apparent that Bellatrix was a domesticated cat. She was friendly, and enjoyed lots of fuss and cat treats from the team.
“Six days later, she gave birth to a litter of five kittens in our Cattery. If she hadn’t been brought in to Mayhew, the kittens would have ended up being born outside and would have likely become feral.”
The kittens were named after characters from the ever-popular Harry Potter series. The kittens are called Crookshanks, Mrs Norris, Buckbeak, Fawkes and Fang after creatures featured in the magical books written by J.K. Rowling.
AJ Ford, Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officer, said: “This story highlights how important it is to get your [companion] neutered. We see hundreds of unwanted kittens coming into our Home all year round and it is a growing problem. We encourage [companion] owners to get their animals neutered and offer low cost and affordable neutering for cats and dogs at our Vet Clinic.”
Once the kittens are old enough to leave their mum and they have all been neutered and vaccinated, they’ll be ready to find new loving homes. They are sure to put a spell on your heart, so keep an eye on Mayhew’s website www.themayhew.org/cats for when they are ready for adoption.