Kitten Yoda sat on the knee of one of the Hertfordshire team members enjoying a fuss

Christmas miracle for tiny sick kitten

Little Yoda shortly after she arrived at our Victoria animal hospital, looking sad and frail, surrounded by blankets.
Yoda shortly after he arrived in our care

Little Yoda had collapsed by the time he arrived in our care and wasn’t responding.

It was very clear to the team at our Victoria animal hospital in central London that the tiny weeks' old kitten was in grave danger – all because he was taken away from his mum far too young.

He had been sold online a week earlier as six to nine weeks old, when – in fact – he was only five.

Blue Cross has long campaigned for better regulation of online pet sales, as we continue to pick up the pieces of the irresponsible and often cruel breeding practices involved.

Not only was Yoda terribly sick, but he also had an open sore on his back from a suspected burn.

We weren’t sure if he would pull through, as Amanda Rumball, London Welfare Officer, explains.

“Poor Yoda hadn’t been weaned and couldn’t eat on his own, just taken away from his mum long before he could fend for himself.

Yoda standing in the corridor of our kitten unit looking back at the camera over his shoulder

“He had awful diarrhoea, an ear infection in both ears, was dehydrated, had a low temperature and low blood sugar levels.

“He went straight into intensive care and started to improve a little each day, but his prognosis remained very guarded for a while, as he was so poorly.”

Thankfully, Yoda surprised everyone with his zest for life and determination to live.

And, after a fortnight of hospital care, he was ready to head to the new kitten facilities at our recently rebuilt Hertfordshire rehoming centre to continue his recovery.

Little Yoda wearing a buster collar while she recovered from her burn. Here she is being held by centre manager, Kellie Brook.
Yoda in recovery with Hertfordshire Centre Manager, Kellie Brooks

Sarah Miller, Animal Welfare Assistant at the centre, says: “When Yoda arrived with us, he was really friendly and lovely from the outset.

"He would always want to come up to you and play, despite having to wear the cone all the time because of the awful wound on his back.

“The team took it in turns to foster him so that he got plenty of time in a home environment and when he was at the centre, you’d always find one of us stopping by for 10 minutes with him – there’s nothing better for lifting spirits than a bit of kitten play.

Little Yoda playing in the corridor of the kitten unit at our Hertfordshire rehoming centre

“We joked that he may have been a parrot in a previous life, as he also loved nothing more than sitting on our shoulders and watching the world go by.”

After a further six weeks of recuperation, Yoda was finally ready to start the next happy chapter of his life and found a wonderful home where he’ll be showered with all the love he deserves this Christmas.

Sarah adds: “Despite all he had been through, he is a little angel. We’re so happy he made it.”

— Page last updated 07/12/2021