Pirate FM News 3 minute read

Dumped cat and kittens found 'lucky to be alive'

Dumped cat and kittens found 'lucky to be alive'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:39am 17th April 2019. (Updated at 11:49am 17th April 2019)

A cat and her four kittens are 'lucky to be alive' after being found dumped in a mushroom box by the side of the road.

The cardboard box, which had 'closed cap mushrooms' printed on the side, was spotted by two members of the public between St Blazey and Par last Thursday.

The animals were taken to Cats Protection's Cornwall Adoption Centre in Point Road, Carnon Downs, where they are now being cared for.

Inspired by where they were found, the adult cat has been named Portobello and the four kittens - two males and two females - are called Shitake, Chantarelle, Porcini and King Trumpet.

dumped cat

"We're all so relieved that Portobello and her kittens were found safe and sound.

"She's a very relaxed and attentive mum, but if she had been slightly more worried or flighty, we might easily have lost her and the kittens. They're all lucky to be alive."

"I urge anyone who is no longer able to care for their cat or kittens to get in touch with us.

"We understand that life can change drastically and rapidly, so there's no judgement when cats and kittens are handed over to us - we just want them to be safe and well.

"It also helps if we can be given as much information about the cat's history, personality and likes and dislikes that we can pass on to future adopters."

Gareth Williams, deputy manager of Cats Protection's Cornwall Adoption Centre

dumped cat

Portobello is underweight and her kittens are being treated for fleas.

They will remain in Cats Protection's care for the next eight weeks before being found new homes.

Portobello and her kittens won't be available for adoption or reservations until they are ready to go to their forever homes after about eight weeks.

Anyone interested in giving them a new home can keep an eye out for them on the centre's website: www.cats.org.uk/cornwall.

If you would like to help Cats Protection's Cornwall Adoption Centre pay for the care of Portobello and her kittens' care, you can donate to its Just Giving appeal.

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

Lost hikers found after 18 days in 'Lord of the Rings' New Zealand wilderness

World News: Two hikers who got lost in an area of New Zealand wilderness used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy have been found with only minor injuries 18 days after they set out.

PPE found dumped across the Cornish countryside

Cornwall News: Lockdown has reportedly led to a spike in littering

Newer articles

Police reveal more details about body found on beach

Cornwall News: The discovery was made at Perranporth on Monday morning

UPDATE: Woman found dead on a Cornish beach is named

Cornwall News: The body of the 22-year-old was discovered at Perranporth

Older articles

Big rescue operation off north coast of Cornwall

Cornwall News: Four people got into trouble in a rip current at Treyarnon Bay

Damaged Gunnislake bridge to re-open early

Cornwall News: A390 repair works set to be completed a week ahead of schedule

Most read

Cafes and pubs allowed extra outdoor seating in Cornwall

Cornwall News: It is to help as they reopen from the lockdown measures

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall