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On Fudge and Calling the RSPCA

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I’d like for you all to meet Fudge:

Fudge before bath

Karl and I travelled to meet Fudge today. He was advertised in the local paper as “6 weeks old and ready”. I’ve never heard of a kitten being ready for rehoming at 6 weeks but I wanted a look anyway. With my mum providing directions, we arrive at this little house and knock the door.

Greeted by a short fat oldish woman, she opens the door and the smell is immediately obvious… an overpowering odour of cat piss, BO and God only knows what else. I follow one woman into the house — she seemed to be heading for the front room — so I assume the kittens are being kept in there. Imagine my surprise, and total horror, when the older lady opens a door to a cupboard behind me and drags out this cage of kittens.

There were 4-5 of them, including Fudge, all trying desperately to escape out of the crate. The cupboard stinks, it’s in total darkness and if they’re actually 6 weeks old? Well, I’m a monkeys fucking uncle. Upon closer inspection I could see poo all up Fudge’s back legs, his belly.. his butt was encrusted with the stuff for crying out loud!

I grabbed Fudge, stuffed the money (ยฃ50) in this woman’s hand and nearly ran to the door I was so desperate to get out. I am not ashamed to say that I burst into tears the second I got outside and did not stop crying until I got back to my mum’s (a good 10 miles away).

We’ve given him a bath to get rid of the poo…

Fudge gets a bath

…and he’s already met Hex:

Fudge meets Hex

…and it’s all going surprisingly well. Hex is more scared of Fudge than the other way around, and isn’t really sure what to make of this tiny intruder. I’m hoping he [Hex] will be able to help teach Fudge all of the things that this poor little kitty’s mum should have. (No sign of her, I dread to think what age they were separated from their mummy!)

I’m now faced with the task of calling the RSPCA. There’s no way anyone from round here is soft enough to part with the kind of money I just have for an un-neutered/un-jabbed/possibly flea infested kitten, and those babies need rescuing before they are hurt, or worse. I don’t know how to go about this, or what kind of action the RSPCA usually takes against these sorts of people but I’m determined to do something about it.

In the mean time, there’s hopefully a happy future in sight for Fudge, and I’ll leave you all with:

Fudge sleeping

My new baby :)

Jem Turner jem@jemjabella.co.uk +44(0)7521056376

76 comments so far

  1. Tracy said:

    All I can say: aaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwww … so adorable!

    I had a hamster named fudge once – three hamsters actually, named chocolate, fudge and caramel.

    cute cute!

  2. Nikki-ann said:

    Definitely call the RSPCA and tell them exactly what you’ve told us. It sounds like that woman shouldn’t be allowed to keep any animals!

  3. Matt said:

    RE: RSPCA,

    We’ve contacted them numerous times (about ten times in the past two years) regarding our neighbour who has umpteen rabbits who she leaves, out in the garden (with no hutch/run) for weeks at a time without food nor water. She has cats which can be seen on her window sill covered in shit and she used to have some budgies… until one morning she didn’t want them anymore and let them out of the cage in the middle of the back garden. Yep. She also had a puppy which she tied up in her back garden withour food or water for days and used to kick it around the house (we could literally hear it hit the wall joining her and my mum’s bedroom and yelping. SO horrible). They actually did fuck all. Eventually most of them have died but.. eh. Hopefully you’ll have better look with them than we did :/

  4. Hanna said:

    So cute and tiny. And sad. I hope rest of the kittens will be lucky too ;_;

    I love the picture with Hex. He’s like “What is that?!?”

    cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute (What my boyfriend said :P)

  5. Raina said:

    Fudge is absolutely adorable! I love him, and I don’t even know him! It has a nice ring to it, Fudge and Hex, doesn’t it? :)

  6. Crystal said:

    Oh my gosh fudge is so adorable! *sends in ninja catnap team*

    Call the RSPCA asap! And if they don’t take it seriously contact the head office.

  7. Mumblies said:

    I think first you need to contact the RSPCA and let them know how bad it was, hopefully they will go and visit if only to make sure that you are not telling lies. Failing that, there are other rescue centres etc, maybe they can advise what to do?
    I know it doesn’t make you feel any less upset Jem, but at least this little one is safe now and will be fat, happy and well looked after. Judging by what you have told me and how Hex appears in that picture I don’t think you will have many problems getting the two of them settled together, Hex is a well adjusted socialising sort of cat and should adapt really well. :o)
    Welcome home Fudge!

  8. Monica said:

    That is horrible. I hope the other siblings luck out just as much as Fudge did! He is such a cutie.

  9. Aimรฉe said:

    Horrible, but great story – you rock, Jem! Definitely taking action ASAP is the right call.

    And Fudge could not be CUTER! His eyes are gorgeous.

  10. Kaia said:

    I’m so sorry you had to see something so horrible, but I’m thankful you were able to save at least one kitty.

    Yes, contact the animal rescue. While they may do nothing, they need to be notified. It’s all you can really do.

    (hugs) I think Hex will make a lovely big brother!
    Please keep the updates on these two :)

  11. Sarah said:

    Fudge is a sweetie. I would have had one of those kittens if I had the money and was able to have one at this place. I think you ought to contact the RSPCA.

  12. Chans said:

    I’m very happy to hear you saved Fudge, although you paid 50 pounds for him. Not that he’s not worth it, don’t get me wrong, he’s very cute. It’s just that paying people that treat animals this way is keeping them going and they will continue to do it.

    Hopefully you will call the RSPCA and they will take action, explain the situation, what you saw and if you happen to have any photos of Fudge before the bath that would probably help the RSPCA understand the situation better.

    I hope the UK has better laws against animal cruelty than Holland has, with heavier punishments and fines, as this kind of animal ‘treatment’ has to stop.

    Fudge now has a good home though, and that’s one more kitten saved from hell!

  13. Saya said:

    Your new cat is so cute! The name is adorable. I loved the picture of him and Hex :D

    I’m glad you called the RSPCA too- hopefully they’ll take the rest of the kittens and look after them. The women should be banned from owning animals!

  14. Aaron said:

    What a cute name for a cute kitty. He looks for adorable wraped up in that blue towel!

    And good idea to call the RSPCA. Those kittens are definitely not being treated properly!

  15. Julie said:

    The treatment of those kitties was absolutely horrible! :( And cats are such cute, cuddly and…clean creatures… :(

    Glad to know that at least one of them was “rescued”, though. He looks so cute. He must have been so happy to be all cuddly in a blanket instead of where he was before.

    6 weeks old is pretty early. I got my cat at 7 weeks and she could have still stayed with her mom a week or two longer. It’s too early for neutering and vaccination, of course, but if you have doubts regarding his health, you better take him to the vet before I steal him from you.

  16. Anouska said:

    Awww… such a cute little kitty… I’m glad you could save at least one of them poor little ones… gosh.. how people can be so horrible is something I’ll never understand (and never want to understand, either)

  17. Kristine said:

    I’ve never been much of a cat lover until I saw the pics of Fudge. He is absolutely adorable! If only you could release the poor other kitties from the fat old woman.

  18. Vera said:

    The only thing I can say is “awwwwwwwww”. Fudge looks so helpless, and the last picture: that’s just so cute and sad.
    I hope you can save the other kitties, by calling the RSPCA.

    By the way: do you now have 3 cats?! Isn’t that a bit too much?

  19. Aisling said:

    Aww poor kitties!! Fudge is adorable though! And the Hex-Fudge pic is SO CUTE.

    Definitely call the RSPCA. If they don’t do anything, keep calling animal rescue foundations until they do! That’s awful what that lady is doing!

    My mom and I are both angry, and my mom says to call the animal bylaw people ASAP. She also says Fudge is a cutie! We just oohed and awwed over his pictures. :P

  20. Clem said:

    Oh my goodness, that is so sad. :( No living thing deserves to be treated that way! But Fudge is possibly the cutest cat I’ve ever seen – and that’s saying something, because I don’t even like cats.

  21. Chantelle said:

    People who mistreat animals are the worst. :( Who keeps kittens caged in a dark cupboard? I mean, really. That pisses me off. I would have cried too. I hope the kittens are taken away from her ASAP.

    Anyway, Fudge is adorable. :D So so cute!

  22. Lil said:

    Poor little thing. I can see he’s in good hands now (or just one, he’s so tiny!). Hopefully something will get done – could you possibly use the fact that you paid so much money as leverage?

  23. Angie said:

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww (etc.) He’s adorable! I love the wet kitty ones. Call the RSPCA and get those little kitties out of there and into proper homes.

  24. Dee said:

    Definitely call the RSPCA, that’s a terrifying story.

    I have a cat and a kitten who aren’t related, and they’re actually in front of my screen right now. One moment…

    Ah. There. My kitten and cat have such an adorable relationship, though I don’t think they met until the kitten was a about 3.5 months old. Anyways they snuggle up in the sun together and lick each other and hunt for the random insects that get in together and play fight a lot. The kitten has learned a lot from the older cat and is starting to behave like her in some ways. The older one is very maternal and was never put off by the kitten like Hex seems to be. But that’ll change for Hex, I’m sure. My older cat lets the kitten beat her up a lot, at first it was disconcerting but my theory is that the older cat doesn’t want to hurt the kitten. Or maybe she’s just a wimp. Hm.

    Anyways, Fudge is a really adorable kitten, and I say… MORE PICTURES!!!

  25. Vasili said:

    Can you ship one of those kittens to my house? I’ll pay for the cost!

    Love Fudge! The one where’s he’s in the tub and and last one are cute!

  26. Meli said:

    Wow, it’s really nice to know that snarky Jem has a soft side. Really! Good to know! :)

    And that kitten is too, too cute. One of our cats had four kittens and they’re probably a week older than Fudge now, but we spoiled them to death. Two of them we gave to a cute little grandma type who’s probably going to be feeding them out of crystal dishes, and the other two we gave to a friend of the family’s.

    Does everyone pay for kittens in the UK? In the US, kittens are free or there’s like… no way to get them off your hands.

  27. Rhys said:

    Take action, if only if it’s not against your conscience anymore.

    I’ve become a huge animal lover ever since we got bonnie, I would rather hurt some humans than hurt animals. Unfortunately, unless you have a huge tank, you can rescue those kittens yourself, but we hope that the RSPCA do the right thing and get them :)

  28. Chrissy said:

    What a horrible thing to go through! :( Poor little guy. Definitely call the RSPCA.

    Though… with Fudge in those kinds of terrible conditions, you should have quarantined him away from Hex to make sure he wasn’t sick first.

  29. Tanya said:

    I’m very glad Fudge has managed to find a good home despite his unlucky start in the world. It looks like he may have a slight eye infection, but I’m sure you’re going to get him checked out and jabbed by a vet soon who will be able to give you some drops.

    Fergal (our eldest cat) was always more scared of Zoe (our kitten) at first too, and they soon became very close. Once Fergal got used to her, he would watch out for her and let her sleep next to him during the day. Sadly Zoe died of a heart condition before she got very old, but given more time I’m sure they would have become as close as family – they had already started to groom each other, which apparently is a very good sign. I hope Hex and Fudge – brilliant name, btw – will do likewise :)

  30. Cristina said:

    That broke my heart to hear about the condition Fudge and his siblings were in. Thank goodness Fudge has you (he’s adorable). I just hope the rest of those kitties find good homes and hopefully these people are prevented from doing further harm to animals. Please keep us posted!

  31. valerie said:

    Whoa. I’m also glad Fudge could find a good home with you guys.

    But dang I’m also reeling that you paid for a kitten — here, people can’t hardly give them away! When they do, it is typically 6 weeks as well.

    Good luck with it all! Hopefully something will be done

  32. Hev said:

    Oh my, Jem. Fudge is adorable. I see I am going to have to find some kitten toys for Hex’s toy package. Sorry, I have had problems finding a box, lol.

    Your vet should be able to tell you how old the kitten is. Also I would tell your vet about the person you got it from. The vet might actually know someone to call also. You might ask the vet if Fudge is ok. Fudge looks like he has suffered from malnutrition (no surprise) and from that has not grown correctly if he is over six weeks. At six weeks he should still be receiving milk from his mother & eating hard food. Your vet might recommend that you offer him milk substitute for a while. Just don’t give Fudge straight milk that you drink cause that could give him worms (could but not always).

    Jem, these are just my suggestions & advice. I am not trying to tell you what to do.

  33. Holly said:

    Aww he’s absolutely adorable, but so teeny! I love his blue eyes.
    I also find it absolutely heartbreaking how cruel that woman was being to him and his siblings, that’s terrible!
    I definitely think you should phone the SPCA and let them know.

  34. Noellium said:

    Awww, Fudge is a cute kitty. :) That’s sad to hear about what he and his siblings went through. I hope the other kittens find good homes too. Good luck!

  35. Christina said:

    Oh my god! Fudge is such a cutie! I showed my sister and we “awwwww”-ed together. :) I definitely think you should call the authorities about those people. That’s absolutely terrible. The worst they would probably do is arrest the people and take the cats to nearby shelters or something. I hope you do take action. Those people aren’t doing anything good.

  36. Roxanne said:

    Aw, Fudge is just too adorable! Glad he’s in a new and better home then the last. I just can’t believe how some people can be so cruel! Hopefully those kittens and if there are any other cats in that house, are saved in time. If I lived in that area, I would so steal all of them, she doesn’t deserve money for them!

  37. Shao said:

    Fudge is adorable! :D But those poor kittens, I can’t believe someone would be as cruel as to lock them all up in a cage and shove it in some cupboard. I’m glad you’re going to do something about it.

  38. Melissa said:

    Oh wow Fudge is so cute.

    It sickens me how people treat animals. When I got my dog we picked her up from what could only be described as a junkie’s house, there were 6 dogs and I wanted to take them all home with me. The small child in the house (was in a baby walker) picked one of the dogs up and threw it into a cardboard box – about 4 foot away. I grabbed my dog and ran out the house and by the time we’d driven for about a mile I’d called the SSPCA to report that there were 5 dogs requiring rehousing/rescuing from mad alcoholic junkies with mental kids.

    I have no idea if those poor wee dogs were rescued, but I hope that they were. It killed me that I couldn’t take all of them home with me.

  39. Belinda said:

    Awww Fudge is adorable!!! He’s lucky to have such a loving new owner compared to that atrocious one. I hope his siblings and other caged kittens get rescued!

  40. Melissa said:

    HORRIBLE how that woman was treating those kittens. I would have burst into tears myself, maybe even right there in her damn house. I totally support your doing something about it…I’m glad Fudge was able to escape that situation.

    He is SUCH a cutie pie! His fur colors remind me a lot of my Cody! :D White with big spots of ginger…I’ve come to adore that combination. Fudge is going to be a gorgeous cat when he gets bigger, I know it!

    I hope he and Hex keep getting along and that Hex can be a good big brother! We’ve found that Oreo is an excellent teacher of things to Cody (after getting used to him) and they romp around and wrestle to no end. Oreo I think was being very gentle for the longest time until Cody got him on the nose with a claw during one wrestling match and then it was “OH NO YOU DIDN’T” and he was done with the babying then. XD

    Kitties are the best! Congrats and yay for Fudge! :D

  41. Veronica said:

    So adorable, I wish I could have a kitten in my apartment :( People who treat animals like that disgust me, watching the RSPCA show on Animal Planet makes me want to attack every single one of the owners shown on that show. I think it’s great you plan on contacting them, so the kittens can get the care that they deserve.

  42. April said:

    Aww, he’s certainly adorable.
    That is just…terrible. With the living standards they are in, the RSPCA will most likely seize the kittens and any other living animal in the household. From what you said, it sounds absolutely vile. You should definitely call some sort of Animal Help place and give this woman the punishment she deserves. >=[ People like that make me SICK.

  43. Regina said:

    It is really sad that Fudge and his siblings were not given a proper home. The fat women was really irresponsible. She really should have at least bathed them and given them a nice place to sleep. On the bright side, Fudge now has a new cozy home with a great owner (you) and a new brother! Fudge is a really adorable kitten, I’m really happy for him. :)

  44. Chien Yee said:

    Aww how cute :D The picture with Hex quites look like its ready for a lolcat :P
    Report to RSPCA. If only there was one here though. So many animals are being abused nowadays :(

  45. Baohan said:

    Aw, he’s so cute. I bet you must have a hard time leaving the rest of the kittens behind.

    If I was you, I’d probably took the risk of taking in all the kittens. Poor them.

  46. Courtney said:

    FUDGE IS ADORABLE!!!!
    And shame on that lady. You should call the RSPCA. Poor little kitties.
    And he looked like he enjoyed the bath, xD

  47. Lee said:

    It’s not hard to believe that people can treat animals this way, without seeing the advert it would sound like that woman was out to make a bit of money. I am surprised that you were willing to pay ยฃ50 (most of our kittens have been given to us for nothing).
    I would call the RSPCA and let them know of the conditions, it is up to them if they decide to take it further, those kittens are most likely in danger anyway if they don’t get sold.

  48. Rose said:

    The photo of Hex and Fudge face-to-face is priceless. Especially as Fudge is soaking wet.

    I feel like I need to hug something.

  49. Sarah said:

    That’s so heartbreaking! My parents’ cat had kittens about a month ago and she brought them out a few days ago when I was home for a visit. They’re adorable fluffballs, and fat. They’ve been taken care of by their mama all their little lives until we helped her collect them all and gather them on the porch, where they’ve stayed since. They’ve never caught wind of a cage, and their poo is dutifully scooped off the porch as we find it. The only cause for alarm they’ve had is when a big hand has startled them in trying to pick them up, or one of the peacocks has gotten too curious and peeked at them. Your post makes me realize how lucky these little fellas are, and I feel horrible for the kittens in that woman’s house. :( I’m glad you were able to rescue one of them at least.

  50. barbilee said:

    justin said you sould go back and get the others …… he is mad that that woman would do that. he wants the same done to her as she is doign wiht them kittens :(
    i am sorry i know the aspca here would put the woman in jail for 5 to 7 days and fine her up the ass and mite even try to help the kittnes if they cant find homes for them they would put them down:( i woudl not want to see that :( jem i hope you can help them no way them cute kittins need to go toght that

  51. Maja said:

    Not that I mind rescues, mind you. But giving money for an abused cat is like giving them a pat on the back, regardless if you calls RSPCA or not. Because even with the fines and the local police giving them strict warnings, all they’ll give a damn about is the money they can make off it.

    I hope for Fudge’s sake you’re reading up on “handraising kittens”, because he might turn out rather damaged if you don’t take precautions.

    Constant insecurity, panic sucking, poor personal hygiene, and refusing to use litterbox is just a few of the things that can happen as a result of being separated from his mother so soon.

    You can use a very soft toothbrush to get rid of goo from his eyes btw. Transferring homes might leave his eyes dry and seem infected. That’s normal. You can always ask your vet for some eyedrops.

    If you need any kitten books, I’ve got a few.

  52. Soph said:

    Loverlie kitty! You are a kitty heroine =D teehee, I feel sorry for all the other kittens… =s Hes soo adorable :3
    -Soph x

  53. Fran said:

    Awwwww… I want to go buy them all. Some people have no respect for animals. I would have cried aswell.

    He looks very happy in his new home :)

  54. Cel said:

    Jem!

    Fudge deserves a hug, the poor little thing…and now that you’re not panicked you should definitely call the RSPCA (although I’m unfamiliar with the acronym).

    I hope Fudge doesn’t get sick…

  55. Jem said:

    @Maja: I’m well aware of the repercussions of paying people like that. Unfortunately, it’s easier to justify leaving the kittens behind with talk than it is when you’re stood their, facing that shit down. I’d have taken them all with me if I’d had the money, irrelevant of how much it seemed like I was giving them a pat on the back. I’d have rescued the mother if I’d known where she was!

    Thankfully, he’s eating well – mushed up food mixed with warm water for now – cleaning/grooming and using the tray. In fact, Hex covered up one of his poops and since then, the kitten has been vigorously covering every little pee/poop XD

    Most of the goop from his eyes is gone, getting the last little bit is hard because he refuses to sit still… however, I’m sure the vet will be able to advise when we get him booked in (asap)

    I’ll keep everyone updated on his progress.

  56. Chrissy said:

    Ugh, I just read this post again and my stomach started churning again. I feel so heartbroken for those kittens that were left behind.

  57. wonkotsane said:

    The RSPCA don’t care – my wife reported a neighbour to the RSPCA because they go off on holiday and leave their dogs in a cage in the house for the week. They’re not interested.

  58. Megan said:

    Fudge is adorable! :D

    I feel so bad for the other kittens that had to stay there. I don’t know how people can do that to animals. I think you should call them if you haven’t already.

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