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Kittens dumped with the rubbish begin a new life
MEET Cinnamon and Nutmeg.
At seven weeks old they were abandoned in a cardboard box, taped up and left by bins to be picked up with the rubbish.
It was only thanks to a keen-eyed dog walker who spotted the suspicious package that they were saved from landfill.
Not knowing what else to do, he took the tortoiseshell sisters to his friend Lisa Petronzio, who used to foster for the Cats’ Protection League.
Ms Petronzio, 46, now runs a new-age spiritual shop and healing centre, the Spiral Oak in Goring near Wallingford.
“They were both in a pretty bad state,” she said, “being sick, they had diarrhoea, and were absolutely terrified from being sellotaped in the box.”
Her first move was to take them to a vet.
Heather Ralphs, who treated the kittens at Larkmead surgery in Cholsey said: “I was concerned they had been left in the box without any food or drink. If they had not been found they would have suffered greatly and probably died.
“They had upset tummies and were treated for fleas and worms.”
Ms Ralphs thought that someone had possibly given the kittens cows milk to drink which could have made them sick.
Now looking decidedly healthier, but still shaken from their trauma, Ms Petronzio took the pair back to her shop.
But their healing process was not over.
“I had a customer come in,” said Ms Petronzio, “and she saw one of them on my lap and said ‘I’m an animal healer, do you mind if I sort them out?’ “She did some hands-off animal reiki on the one on my lap.
“Then the one in the box started purring very loudly, so there is obviously something in it.”
With nowhere else to go, the kittens have now joined Ms Petronzio’s group of six abandoned cats.
She said her daughter Alis, 20, “pulled a bit of a face” when she found out they were going to adopt more cats, but her heart melted when she saw Cinnamon and Nutmeg.
Now Ms Petronzio will apply to the Cats’ Protection League for financial help in getting the kittens spayed.
She added: “There are just too many unwanted kittens in the world. It’s not fair.”
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