Literary nerds, do you have pets named after your favourite writers?
Then you’ll love these eight kittens.
The kittens had a sad start to their life as they were abandoned in a cemetery.
To fit the dark circumstances of their discovery, their rescuers, the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor, gave them all gothic names.
The octet, all from different litters, were found by a member of public before they were brought into the Berkshire-based centre.
Now they’ve been suitably named Edgar, Poe, Shelley, King, Bronte, Oscar, Daphne and Dante.
As all of the kittens were too young to be away from their mothers, they’ve been hand-reared by staff and volunteers as well as having a full check over by the charity’s veterinary clinic.
They have no idea how the kittens all came to be together in the cemetery but believe they’ve been abandoned by their mothers.
This normally happens during warmer months and sees rescue centres, like Battersea, take in more pregnant cats and kittens, during ‘kitten season’.
‘We definitely see more kittens appearing at our centres during the warmer months, but none have come in quite such mysterious circumstances than our cemetery kittens!’ said Georgia Randall from Battersea Old Windsor.
‘Although we may have named them after gothic writers famous for their love of terror and the macabre, these kittens are anything but.
‘They’re all extremely cute, and all such wonderful characters that they’d make an excellent addition to any home.’
However, while these kittens may be looking forward to brighter futures, many rescue centres feel the strain of kitten season every year.
This is a problem that’s easily preventable, explains Georgia.
‘Kittens are undoubtedly cute, but every year we see so many come into our centres who were found as strays, without a mother, or just brought in as their owners have no time for them.
‘I’d urge all cat owners to ensure that their cats are neutered to prevent any unwanted litters.’
If you’re interested in rehoming a cat, please visit the Battersea website.
In case you need convincing, here are some glorious pictures of these eight kitties:
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