20 MARCH 2019

An extremely emaciated kitten is being nursed back to health by staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home after being found inside a cat carrier with the message, “Help me please”.

When the cat was brought into Battersea’s London centre, vets weren’t sure if he was alive as he lay in his own faeces in the dirty carrier. Fortunately, he was breathing, but was severely underweight with a very thin coat and a bald tail. Estimated to be around five months old, and with two bowed front legs, it was touch and go for the kitten, who weighed less than half the healthy weight he should. Staff named the brave young cat Cricket. 

Battersea Veterinary Surgeon, Claire Turner, said: “Cricket was extremely underweight and under-developed when he arrived at Battersea. It’s possible that being severely malnourished during his short life has prevented his body from growing correctly, which could have contributed to his bowed legs. It was heart-breaking to see him when he arrived, he was so weak and helpless.” 

After weeks of intensive care, Cricket pulled through and slowly started to gain weight, with some of his fur growing back, although he continues to have bowed legs. Despite this, he’s now a playful and affectionate cat, who loves nothing more than cuddling on people’s laps. Cricket is now looking for a new home and Battersea hopes it won’t be long before he finds a loving new family. New owners will need to be mindful of the potential veterinary care that he may need in the future due to his bowed legs. 

Claire continues: “Cricket was abandoned because his previous owner was clearly unable to care for him. We’d encourage anyone who can’t look after their pet, to bring them into a rescue centre. Cricket was lucky to have been found in time for us to save him – it was a close call.”

Click here to view images and videos of Cricket. To find out more about Cricket who is looking for a new home, please visit www.battersea.org.uk 


For more information and images please contact 020 7627 9265 or email press@battersea.org.uk 

Notes to editors 

  • Failing to provide for the basic needs of an animal, such as nutrition and access to veterinary care, is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. You can read the animal welfare act here.
  • Battersea is here for every dog and cat and has been since 1860. Since it was founded over 150 years ago, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats. 
  • We believe that every dog and cat deserve the best. That’s why we aim to never turn away a dog or cat in need. 
  • In 2018, Battersea helped nearly 7,000 dogs and cats. 
  • Battersea cares for an average of 250 dogs and 120 cats across its three centres at any one time. 
  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
  • For further information on Battersea, please visit www.battersea.org.uk. 
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