A pair of two-week-old kittens, mysteriously discovered outside a Deeside garden centre, are seeking a new home.
A member of staff at Raemoir Garden Centre, in Banchory, was surprised to find the frightened cats under a pallet on the morning of Tuesday, October 18, and handed them in to the SSPCA’s Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Drumoak.
Staff are hand-rearing the tiny cats, who have been aptly named Rae and Moir. It is unclear how they arrived in the unusual spot, but abandonment cannot be ruled out.
Centre manager Graeme Innes said: “This is a bit of a mystery as it’s a very strange place for someone to have dumped them, but it is still a possibility.
“They were actually found under a pallet beside the loading bay at the garden centre so someone could have left them there. The cats could be feral but the gentleman who found them said there was no sign of mum.
“Apart from being absolutely freezing when they arrived, the kittens are in good condition so we don’t think they’d been there very long. They were very lucky to have been found as they wouldn’t have survived much longer out in the cold without any food. As they’re so young we’re feeding them every four hours and a member of staff takes them home every evening so they can be given around the clock care.
“Rae and Moir will stay with us until they’re nine weeks and then we’ll be looking for a loving new home for them together.”
Anyone with information about the kittens is asked to call the animal helpline on 03000 999 999.