“With severe weather on the way, we realized we had to get to them quickly!”
One afternoon, a family was going about their business when they noticed a peculiar sound emanating from outside their bedroom window. They sought to find out what was making the noise and discovered that a stray cat had chosen that the best location to deliver her kids was in the family’s rain gutter.
The family was able to capture two of the kittens and bring them inside to keep them warm as they awaited rescue. Both the RSPCA and the local fire department arrived to offer aid and swiftly began working together to devise a strategy.
“The mother cat had opted to give birth to her five kittens in the property’s guttering, and with heavy rain likely to set in, we knew we had to get to them quickly,” Adam Bailey, an RSPCA inspector, stated in a news statement. “With the help of fire and rescue, I was able to clamber up onto the roof… and gently but steadily restrain the mother using a reach and rescue pole, before picking up each kitten and bringing them to safety.”
The cat, subsequently called Storm, was clearly perplexed but didn’t put up much of a fight since she appeared to understand that everyone was only trying to bring her and her babies to safety. Rescuers had little trouble getting the entire family out of the gutter, and the family was relieved that Storm and her kittens wouldn’t be stranded out there in the rain.
Storm and her kittens have been placed in the custody of the RSPCA. Rain, Thunder, Misty, Foggy, and Hail are the names given to the kittens. Storm was microchipped, but the information was out of date, so the RSPCA was unable to contact her family. If no one claims her, she and her kittens will be available for adoption when they are a bit older.
Storm may not have chosen the most convenient location for her babies, but happily, the family found her just in time.