Two young kittens found themselves in deep trouble when they fell into a bucket of white paint.
On the night of July 30th, some homeowners were painting the outside of their house when they left the large bucket unattended. A neighbor’s CCTV cameras later confirmed that the couple went into their garage for just a few minutes to grab supplies when the curious kittens approached the open container.
It is not mentioned why the kittens were outside exploring unattended, if they were feral or if they belonged to someone.
Then as they were investigating the paint, both managed to fall into the paint bucket!
They were immediately rushed to nearby Bradford Cat Watch Rescue when they were discovered. The kittens were absolutely covered and dripping with white glossy paint from their heads to the tip their tails.
This was a first for the experienced shelter. Saving over 500 cats a year, never had they seen such a sight!
Jumping into action, they rushed the 2 kittens to their vet’s office. Both the vet and the team had no clue of the fastest and safest way to clean the paint off the kittens.
The safest option they found was to bathe the kittens in butter, but this only managed to clean off some of the paint. Even that took hours of work and 2 very scared and patient kittens.
Volunteers wouldn’t give up and little by little the paint is coming off. There is still a long way to go however and lots of brushing and grooming is certainly in the kittens’ futures.
Not only are rescuers concerned about cleaning the kittens fur though, they are both having respiratory issues from the paint fumes.
Toxicity levels from the dip they took are also unknown to date and they will continue to monitor the babies closely for any after-effects. It sadly could produce damaging liver issues after the exposure they experienced.
The duo have been aptly named Dulux and Johnstone after 2 paint brands.
The all volunteer based organization are fostering the kittens during their recovery and so far they are doing well. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the lucky little explorers for any updates!
Please visit their website if you are interesting in donating to help put a dent in their current vet bill which has reached thousands of dollars. After helping Dulux and Johnstone along with all the other desperate felines in their care, they need all the support we can give!