A WIGAN veterinary surgery is looking to re-home four kittens after their pregnant mother was abandoned at the centre.
When a man dropped off a tabby cat at Vets4Pets, in Woodhouse Lane, Beech Hill, without leaving his details, staff were shocked to discover the frightened feline was approaching impending motherhood and delivered four kittens.
As the cat was left on Shrove Tuesday, workers aptly named her Pancake, and called her children Maple, Syrup, Waffle and Treacle.
Hayley Lane, veterinary nurse, said: “Someone had dropped the cat off and we asked him to wait whilst we got a carrier box, but by the time we had got it, he had vanished.
“So we put the cat in the carrier and left her in a kennel, with some food.
“She was growling and hissing and so we were unable to give her a full check up.
“It took her three days to come out of the carrier.
“Thankfully, with the use of food, we were able to handle her and stroke her and when we gave her a check up, we discovered she was pregnant.
“Normally we give abandoned pets to RSPCA or Cats Protection, but as she was pregnant and so frightened, we thought it would be better to look after her here.
“Last week we came to the surgery in the morning to discover she had delivered her kittens overnight.
“She cleaned them up and was feeding them.
“Unfortunately one died, but the other four are doing great.
“As the cat was brought in on Shrove Tuesday, we called her Pancake and we have given the kittens names to suit the theme.
“It is such a sweet story. Now we are looking to re-home them all.
“We have already had a bit of interest and so we are vetting people to make sure they are suitable.
“If anyone wants to give Pancake or her kittens a home, drop in.”