A cat and five kittens rescued from a loft in Great Yarmouth


A cat and her five kittens were rescued from a cold, dirty loft after a tenant heard them through the ceiling.

The feline family was discovered in the attic of a property near Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth.

The cat is believed to have entered through a hole in the roof – located at the top of a metal staircase at the rear of the building.

And with nowhere to go, it was the safest place for her to keep her litter of kittens.

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Tenants of the building say this is the second litter they have discovered.

But East Coast Pet Rescue had to be called after the building owner said he would not allow food to be placed in the attic.

Sarah Evans, co-founder of the Great Yarmouth-based rescue, said: “I received a call from a member of the public who told me there was a cat and kittens in the attic – which is about four floors up.

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“They were really worried about them. It was very cold and they couldn’t feed them.

“The owner was also threatening to plug the hole.

“We went to the property and the people were lovely but the building was really cold and dirty.

“Luckily they had managed to contain the kittens, so we were able to take them down one by one and persuaded mum to come out with food.”

Eastern Daily Press: A female cat and her kittens were rescued from a loft in Great YarmouthA cat and her kittens were rescued from a loft in Great Yarmouth (Image: East Coast Pet Rescue)

Despite the conditions in which they lived, the cat and her kittens appeared to be in relatively good health.

Ms Evans said mum was ‘very sweet’ and ‘loving’ but the kittens were a little nervous.

She added: “All the kittens were dusty and dirty but mum had done a really good job taking care of them.

“I would say they are around five to six weeks old and mum is two or three years old.

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“She must have belonged to someone before – but she didn’t have a microchip and she wasn’t neutered.”

The cat and one of her kittens have already been booked and will be moving to their new home together in the New Year.

The other four kittens will also be up for adoption in January.