A HEAVILY pregnant cat was found fighting freezing conditions on a residential street.
The white cat, who is now responding to the glamorous name Bianca, was rescued last Wednesday afternoon by a member of the public who saw her struggling in the cold.
The cat was found on Mansfield Place, Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway.
She was then taken to Dunragit Kennels in Stranraer where she gave birth to six healthy kittens later in the evening.
Animal Rescue Officer Alistair Hill said: “With the snow and freezing temperatures we’ve been experiencing, these kittens wouldn’t have survived for long if Bianca had given birth outside so we’re very glad she was found.”
“It’s possible Bianca has escaped from home just before giving birth as she is in good overall condition.”
The SSPCA ruled out neglect, saying the cat was more likely to have been lost.
Mr Hill said: “There’s every chance her owner is distraught that she has gone missing. We’d be delighted to be able to return Bianca and her six new additions home soon!”
A decent meal, warm bed and six kittens later, Bianca is still homeless and battling the prospect of raising six kittens alone.
She is without a collar and is not micro chipped so tracking the owner has so far been unsuccessful.
Anyone who recognises Bianca is being asked to call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.