DUBAI // A new home is desperately needed for three kittens, two of whom are visually impaired, who cannot bear to be separated.
Six-month-old siblings Lady Marmalade, Calico, who is partially sighted, and Gouti, who is blind, were rescued from the streets of Ajman and have become are so dependent on each other that they will only sleep and eat together.
“These three kittens have a wonderful bond, the only survivors of an unfortunate colony they now live contentedly together and are dependent on each other,” said Rosie Kingham.
Ms Kingham, a Briton, helped rescue the kittens and had been caring for them, in addition to her three other cats.
So far she had footed more than Dh15,000 in vet bills for the kittens.
She is returning to the UK this week and is desperately appealing for someone to either foster the kittens or offer them a permanent home.
When she found the kittens Ms Kingham said they were in a horrific state.
“These three angels the only ones to survive from the litter of seven,” she said. “One had its eyeball hanging out of its socket.
“The other two could not see for infections and dirt.”
Ms Kingham were warned the kittens may not survive.
“They were horrific to look at and you can’t imagine how they could have survived,” she said. “They were very sick with herpes and very weak.
“But I got the phone call to say they survived the operation and the vet could not believe they pulled through.”
All kittens are now are neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and healthy, said Ms Kingham.
She described the trio as ‘fighters’.
“These three have truly suffered and been through so much to survive,” she said. “They have stuck together and looked after one another.
“I have taken care of them since they were about seven-weeks-old and they have grown into the most affectionate, loving little souls I have ever known.
“They are not three, they are like one. They play, eat and sleep together, are content in their own company and they entertain each other.
“So in many ways these three are easier than a single cat.”
Ms Kingham said Lady Marmalade, a ginger female, has taken on the role of the carer for her visually impaired brother and sister.
Debbie Spalton, from the UAE-based Middle East Animal Foundation, also urged members of the public to help.
“They function as a homogeneous group and are quite self-reliant but really need to be rehomed together. The situation is very urgent now,” she said.
“A foster home or a forever home is needed within 48 hours.”
Contact Ms Kingham on firstname.lastname@example.org or 050 379 4465 for more information.
Source: uae news