MEE-OUCH – these little fellas had a painful start to their lives.
But now thanks to readers of The Star they are doing much better.
Brother and sister kittens Rush and Dale were abandoned because they both had deformed front paws.
They were taken in by Sheffield Cats Centre which appealed in The Star for financial help to pay for the medical care they needed.
The plea raised £800 towards an operation for Rush.
The operation was successful and the shelter has now thanked everyone who helped to give her a new lease of life.
Although both kittens still have a deformity, they are leading full and active lives and are currently being fostered and are now ready for a permanent home.
When they first arrived at the shelter they were very timid.
But staff say they have come on leaps and bounds and are now full of character, loving, mischievous and very entertaining.
They are always playing, cuddling and chasing around as if they have no disabilities at all.
The kittens are very close and need to be rehomed together.
And, because they are liable to skid and hurt themselves on smooth floors, they need a home that is carpeted so they can play safely and comfortably.
They can climb stairs and jump from the height of a bed, but higher surfaces could harm them.
Kim Steele, a cat care manager at the shelter, said: “In spite of their difficult start in life, the kittens are loving and affectionate and deserve a good home.
“They seem to be comfortable around small dogs – they get on well with the one sharing their foster home – but would not be happy with small children around too.”
n To offer the kittens a home call the shelter on 0114 2724441 between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.