Sweet yet sad photo of kittens curled up together outside

This photograph is heartbreaking: a sweet yet sad photo of kittens curled up together outside awaiting their fate. It sums up the vulnerability of kittens born outside without human care and without their mother. I don’t know where their mother is or what happened to her but this photograph was taken by the neighbor of a friend of a guy called Chris who describes himself as a cat man – great.

He posted the photograph on Facebook and it caught my eye for the reasons stated. What chance do these kittens have of surviving? I have seen so many kittens with terrible eyes because an upper respiratory infection (URI) has turned into a secondary bacterial infection in their eyes (conjunctivitis – pink eye) which has eaten away at the eyes and left them blind or with the loss of an eye.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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9 Responses

  1. M E King says:

    I found Tera’s kits in our old chicken pen in a filthy old hutch. I had to crawl on my hands and keens and put them in a plastic bag to get them out. Four of them were in a kitten ball and sadly too much time had went by to save them. I’m not going to elaborate. Tera went into a carrier with the two that eventually became my Frog and Toad. Tera who told me her name and I don’t care most of my animals have told me their name and responded to it from day one went to Watermelon Mountain Ranch where she finally got the home she deserved. Outside and alone Tera and all her babies would be dust. Mama Tera and her two surviving babies. less than 24 hours old.

    • Michael Broad says:

      Lovely story although sad. I don’t know what you do except for snippets of information 😉 You sure know cats well. Thanks ME.

    • Michael Broad says:

      She is an amazing black tortie. Mysterious face.

      • M E King says:

        She was enchanting to have in our master bedroom for 4 weeks. We had her vetted and worked on her social skills and then WMR finished the job. I have a video that the pet store she was up for adoption in walking her on a leash in the store. The lady who took her contemplated it for several weeks. I liked that. She has a Siamese body and Tortie coloring.

    • Jane Carter says:

      Very sweet momma cat, they are the lucky ones. Just wanted to say that every single animal I have ever cared for has, very soon after they came home to me, told me their name. Even the cats who already had names given to them. They show me their names using all the little behaviours and enthusiasms they have. It’s usually the name that the cat tells us is the right fitting name, that sticks.

      We have preferences/dislikes when it comes to how we are referred to. No reasons to think that our sensitive, self aware cats, are different.

  2. Irish Cornaire says:

    Please say the kittens were rescued???

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