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Cats Protection launches appeal to help high-flying kitten find her feet

Many people consider Abyssinian cats to be the ideal pet. Loving, intelligent, with the distinctive “wild look,” AbysA kitten that hit the national headlines recently for travelling 2,800 miles from Iran to Newcastle as aircraft hand luggage has been given a lifeline by the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, Cats Protection.

The charity has today launched an appeal to help the tabby and white cat, called Nutmeg, who travelled on two separate flights before being discovered by airport workers in Newcastle back in August.

The four-week-old feline went straight into a local quarantine centre but, with no one to pay her quarantine fees and no home to go to when she is released, Nutmeg was facing an uncertain future until Cats Protection stepped in.

The charity has promised to do all it can to raise the money needed to cover the cost of Nutmeg’s quarantine and will endeavour to find her a home when she is released early next year.

Sheila Rees, volunteer Co-ordinator of the charity’s Beverley & Pocklington Branch who will find Nutmeg a home early next year, said: ‘We estimate Nutmeg’s quarantine costs will be around £1000, not to mention the care she will need while we find her a new home.

As Cats Protection is funded entirely on public generosity, we desperately need people’s help to secure Nutmeg’s future. She has been through so much in her short life already and really deserves a second chance.’

If you would like to donate money to Cats Protection’s ‘Nutmeg’ appeal, please call the charity’s Helpline on 08702 099 099. Any money raised in excess of the appeal will be used to help the thousands of other cats currently in the charity’s care.

If you would like to offer Nutmeg or any of the other cats in Cats Protection’s care a loving home, please call the charity’s Helpline. Please note that Nutmeg cannot be rehomed until she has completed her six-month quarantine stay at the end of February.

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, rehoming around 60,000 cats and kittens through its nationwide network of 29 Centres and 261 voluntary-run Branches.