A mother cat reportedly tried to break into a veterinary clinic after tracking down her kittens that were left outside the establishment's door.
On Oct. 13 at Mill Road Veterinary Clinic in Whangarei, New Zealand, veterinarian Julie Wills found a cardboard box on the doorstep with four 3-week-old kittens.
"We took them in and got them all set up in the incubator," Wells told The Northern Advocate. "We all fell in love with them. We did have the option of taking them to the SPCA but decided because they were so adorable we were happy to look after them."
Animals are often left at the clinic, so employees brought them inside and started caring for the young kittens.
"Three tabby & white boys & a black tabby girl, about 3-4 weeks old," the clinic wrote on its Facebook page on Oct. 14. "Of course we all fell in love with them & vet nurse Nicole took them home to care for them overnight."
However, the next day, another tabby cat had arrived at the clinic. This determined feline tried to get inside the clinic at every available opportunity. Animals do not typically try to enter the building, yet this cat tried to sneak in whenever a client opened the door.
"Even when dogs came through the door this cat was trying to muscle its way through," Wells said.
Eventually, employees tried to figure out what was exactly going on with this cat.
"When we realized the cat wasn't going to go away, we picked her up and discovered she was a feeding Mum," the clinic wrote in the Facebook post.
The staff brought her inside towards the litter of kittens.
"She dived in there and was licking them and really excited to see them," Wells told The Northern Advocate. "Within minutes all the staff had abandoned their work and were watching."
The family of kittens are being fostered by a relative of one of their staff who previously owned a cat, according to the clinic's Facebook page. Hills Pet Food has sponsored the fostering process.