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Feline much better after shed ordeal.

A STARVING young cat and her five kittens had a lucky escape after being discovered in a freezing garden shed.

Shimmy was just skin and bones when the moggy and her eight-day-old kittens were found in a outhouse in the Lickey Hills on January 10.

Rescue staff at Cramar Cat Sanctuary spoke of their shock at the discovery, as the first kittens of the year do not usually arrive until March.

Rachael Clements, a sanctuary worker for 10 years, said: "Shimmy is no older than a year.

"Normally we might have one or two before spring, but were all shocked to get newborns this week.

"The lady who brought them in has a cat flap and a cat bed in the shed for her cat in the summer. You could see every single bone of her body - she must have been out there a while."

Black and white Shimmy and her five kittens - Jive, Shuffle, Harlem, Dougie and Charleston - are now being cared for round the clock by Cramar staff, in Hopwood.

"I think Shimmy must have been abandoned as she is very friendly, and has obviously been loved at some point," said Rachael. "They are all doing really well, and after an appeal we've had loads of donations of chicken, which is a nice treat for them.

"Shimmy is well-fed now and can give her kittens the vital nutrients and milk they need."

The adorable brood will be ready to be rehomed at around nine weeks old, while Shimmy will be neutured and vaccinated before being put up for adoption.

Meanwhile, staff at Cramar are urging cat owners to neuter their pets as the rescue centre saw record numbers of pregnant cats and kittens through their doors last year.

"I don't think people realise how early their cats can get pregnant" added Rachael.

"The cats are still babies themselves, and often find it much more difficult to raise their young.

"We would urge everyone to get their cats neutered, as these ones were found just in time."

| If you are interested in adopting a cat you can visit Cramar Cat Sanctuary, Redditch Road, any day between 11am and 2pm.

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Young cat Shimmy, above, and her kittens have been |rescued from a freezing garden shed in the Lickey Hills

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