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The cat with NINE kittens

PUBLISHED: 16:08 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:37 23 August 2010

CARER: Heather Deverson

CARER: Heather Deverson

THE saying goes that cats have nine lives but here s one with nine kittens. Staff at animal charity Animal Samaritans were called by a resident who found a cat had sneaked in to her house and given birth in her airing cupboard. Cat rescue and rehoming c

THE saying goes that cats have nine lives but here's one with nine kittens.

Staff at animal charity Animal Samaritans were called by a resident who found a cat had sneaked in to her house and given birth in her airing cupboard.

Cat rescue and rehoming coordinator Valerie Wagland, of Gresham Avenue, Hartley, was surprised to discover the massive brood when she visited.

She said: "We had a call from a lady who said that a cat hand got into her house through her cat flap and had given birth to two kittens in her airing cupboard. We went to collect the cat and we arrived at the house there were nine.

"I was totally amazed by the number of kittens. It really is very unusual. Obviously now we need help finding homes for the nine kittens and the mother. The mother has got a beautiful nature so we hope the kittens will have inherited that."

An average cat litter is three to five kittens and a litter of nine is very rare. Despite the challenge of rehoming so many animals Mrs Wagland is confident people will come forward.

She said: "We will find homes for them eventually. It's getting harder with the recession because people are thinking twice about having pets with bills and other things to pay for.

"Cats turn a house into a home. They are companionable and very quiet. They are delightful creatures really."

All nine kittens and the mother, who is about three-years-old, need a new home.

Animal Samaritans currently has six other cats that need rehoming and a number of rabbits and guinea pigs.

Call 01474 703906 for details.

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