We Are Smitten With This Kitten

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Sugar and spice and everything nice—that’s what this 8-month-old kitten is made of.

Pumpkin, a kitten in need of a home

But, to paraphrase an old saying, nice kittens don’t always finish first. In Pumpkin’s case, the other cats in the household picked on her relentlessly. Her owner tried letting them work things out, but after she returned from getting spayed at one of PETA’s mobile low- to no-cost spay/neuter clinics, things only got worse.

Orange tabby kitten wearing Elizabethan collar

Perhaps stressed by the other cats’ aggression, Pumpkin fussed with her incision so much that it got infected. When a PETA fieldworker went to the rural North Carolina home to examine her, her guardian decided that the kitten needed a calmer environment and surrendered her to PETA.

Pumpkin, a kitten in need of a home

After taking a course of antibiotics and wearing an Elizabethan collar for a few days—an indignity that she endured with remarkable aplomb—the incision has healed up nicely. Now, she’s in a foster home with a PETA staffer and another cat who’s as eager to make friends as Pumpkin is.

Cute orange kitten with purple toy

An avid cuddler with eyes the color of butterscotch toffee, Pumpkin is so scrumptious that we could just eat her up. If you have a craving for a little something sweet, e-mail [email protected] to learn how to scoop her up.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind