Sick kittens abandoned after losing fur dumped in cardboard box by cruel owner

Five gorgeous kittens who were dumped and found in a cardboard box are now in need of permanent homes.

Kittens Petrie, Ducky, Littlefoot, Spike, and Cera are all suffering from ringworm after being completely abandoned in the Cotswolds, the Metro reported.

That illness can cause dry, cracked, and itchy skin and animals to lose all their fur if it's left untreated.

The feline four are named after the main characters in the animated film The Land Before Time.

Burford Blue Cross carer Jade Griffiths said the kittens would have died if they weren't found and rescued.

She said: "All of them were missing some fur, some had sore patches and one was completely bald with dry cracked skin.

"They were all very hungry and dehydrated, so we had to feed them little and often initially to stop them from making themselves sick, as they literally inhaled their food."

She went on: "They have been prescribed anti-fungal medicine to treat the ringworm and have also needed medicated baths to help their sore skin, as well as regular vet checks to assess their progress.

"When I first saw these guys, it really was heartbreaking because they were so scared, so small and so unwell.

Now 17 weeks old, Jade said the animals are benefitting from constant care and will soon be ready for rehousing.

She added: "We named them after characters from The Land Before Time because the movie is about a group of young dinosaurs who had to overcome great obstacles and lots of change in their young lives, which really resonated with what these lovely kittens have been through.

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"They have overcome being abandoned, they’ve kept each other company along the way, and also they were a bit scaley when they first came in – it just seemed to fit.

"Hopefully, these sweet kittens have a happy ending just like the film."

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