These four furry felines have used up one of their nine lives already – and they’re only two weeks old.
The kittens had a lucky escape after they were rescued from a car that was waiting to be crushed at a scrapyard in Kings Langley.
ASM Recycling’s site manager Mick Campbell said: “I heard squeaking, so I opened the car door and found them on the back seat!”
There was no sign of the kittens’ mother, so Mick moved them to the safety of the office and called several vets and animal rescue services to see if they could take them in.
He said: “I didn’t know how long they had been there, but the car they were in had been moved around the site a lot so the mother might have got a bit confused.
Mick said there are several feral cats that live on the Railway Terrace site, which he feeds and keeps an eye on.
“With feral cats, once humans have touched the kittens, they won’t come back for them.”
The kittens were taken in by the Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted branch of the Cats Protection, who took them to the vets for a check up.
The crusher-avoiding quartet were given a clean bill of health and estimated to be around two weeks old.
Fosterer Katherine White is now caring for the litter – who have been dubbed The Scrapyard Kittens – at her home in Abbots Langley.
She said: “I’ve been bottle feeding them through the night, as they need feeding every three hours.
“They’re doing really well, and I’ll be hand-rearing them until they’re old enough to be rehomed.”
If you are interested in offering a kitten a home, call Ali at the Cats Protection on 01442 251536 to register your interest.