A tiny kitten found abandoned outside a Chinese takeaway has been nursed back to health by Blue Cross, and will soon join a new family.

Baby was left in a cardboard box by the bins in the restaurant car park in Oxfordshire, and with no blanket or siblings to snuggle up to, she was desperately cold.

She had no food or water, and must have been terribly frightened. Luckily her cries were heard by a cyclist passing by the car park on their commute. They picked her up and brought her straight to our Burford rehoming centre.

At just five weeks old she was scared, thin, freezing cold and covered in fleas. Our Burford centre has a specialist kitten unit which means we can provide the best cattery environment possible to pregnant cats, new mums and kittens.

Baby is pictured settling in to her foster home, where she started to learn what life would be like in a family home.
Baby is pictured settling in to her foster home, where she started to learn what life would be like in a family home. This included everything from litter training to encouraging her to play. Her weight was also carefully watched to make sure she was growing and developing well after her tough start.

But when kittens like Baby come in they often need even higher levels of care to help them recover physically and to make sure they are well socialised.

This is where Blue Cross’s network of foster carers comes in: volunteers who have the time, space and knowledge to bring out the best in pets that have had a difficult time.

Her foster carer said: "When Baby first arrived she was worried by even the smallest noise or movement, but taking things at her own pace, she has really come out of her shell. She is now a bold, brave and friendly kitten who loves to play with her toys, before falling asleep on my lap in the evening, exhausted from her adventures!"

Baby, nicknamed 'Noodle' by her foster carer, has gained weight and is in much better condition, which means she can now be vaccinated, neutered and microchipped before she heads off to her forever home in the next few weeks.

We have many more cats and kittens in need of homes, and you'll find them all on our rehoming page.

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