Spanish stowaway kitten to find new home in the UK

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A stowaway kitten who ended up in the UK after climbing into a truck in Spain has been treated for eye infection and restored to health, and will go to a good home after quarantine.

Paella the stowaway kitten will soon be on his way to a loving home in Britain after being found in a Spanish lorry at Portsmouth.

The friendly tabby, thought to be around four weeks old, was spotted by border officials during a routine search of vehicles leaving a ferry at Portsmouth International Port. He may have been sheltering in the truck with his mother before getting trapped in the vehicle alone when it started its journey to the UK. Portsmouth City Council, which runs the port, arranged for him to be cared for by Cats Protection, who gave him his name.

When he was found, vets were not sure if he would survive. He has spent the last few weeks getting over his ordeal and recovering from an infection, and his future is now looking positive.

He is at a quarantine in Hampshire until early November, after which the charity will find him a new home in the local area.

Zahir White from Cats Protection said: “When we were contacted about Paella we arranged for him to see a vet for a check-up before he went into quarantine. He was quite poorly, but after being given antibiotics and eye drops for an eye infection, he’s making good progress. Once he’s fully recovered and past his quarantine period, he’ll be taken in by one of our nearby branches or centres and found a new home in the Hampshire area.

Cats Protection is accepting donations toward Paella’s quarantine and vet costs, and has invited interested adopters to contact their national helpline. Funds raised over costs will be used for other cats in the charity’s care.



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