FOUR newborn kittens found abandoned and ill last year have finally made a full recovery.

The adorable ginger litter were found alone after being separated from their mother in Wanstead last May.

RSPCA animal collection officer David Eckworth rushed to the scene and took them to the nearest animal hospital in north London.

Luckily none of them had been injured during their ordeal, but they were suffering from a nasty mix of ringworm, cat flu, fleas and conjunctivitis.

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Networking administrator at the RSPCA’s Harmsworth Animal Hospital in north London Emma Yelland said: “These defenceless little kittens were found all alone. Their mum was nowhere to be seen.

“Sadly their road to recovery wasn't a smooth one as we discovered they had ringworm and cat flu.

“Both conditions take a while to recover from with treatment so the best option for them was to find a fosterer.”

Staff at the centre named the four felines Orlando, Peanut, Rosie and Sammi before they were fostered by employee Victoria Laslett’s parents John and Sue Nixon.

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The couple have been RSPCA foster parents to animals before and were happy to help nurse the cats back to health.

But when it came to saying goodbye, they could not let go of Rosie and Sammi and decided to keep them for good.

Mr Nixon said: “Especially Sammi, I just couldn’t part with him.

“He follows me around from room to room like a dog and he sleeps on my shoulder every night.

“He loves being picked up to reach high places and I think they both have a bit of Siamese in them because they can be quite vocal, especially at 3am.”

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The two ginger kittens are now a year and four months old and have been through an impressive transformation since they were found shivering, matted and without their mum.

Emma Yelland added: “We appreciate every single one of you who helps to make transformations like these possible from the member of the public who called us, to the animal collection officer who rescued them, the fosterers, staff, volunteers and the lovely people who rehome rescue moggies in need of forever homes.”

For more information about looking after a rescue cat, see the RSPCA website.