Pet cat lives on her own for more than 40 days after all seven members of her owner’s family were hospitalised for coronavirus… and even delivers a litter of kittens
- The moggy in Wuhan, called Le Le, was pregnant when her owner fell ill
- The man opened two bags of cat food for her before leaving for the hospital
- Le Le drank the water in a fish tank and used the cat toilet in the bathroom
- The incredible story was shared by her owner to the press after he recovered
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A pet cat in China has reportedly survived after being left on her own in a flat for more than 40 days by her owner and his family, all of whom had to be hospitalised for coronavirus.
The British Shorthair, called Le Le, had fallen pregnant before the outbreak and delivered a litter of four kittens unattended as she spent weeks on end in the apartment alone in Wuhan, the former centre of the pandemic.
The two-year-old moggy got through the ordeal by eating from two bags of cat food, which her owner had opened before leaving for the hospital.
She was able to drink the water from a bowl, where his owner kept his pet fish and turtles.
Le Le (pictured before the outbreak) has survived after being left on her own for more than 40 days in a flat in Wuhan. All seven members of her owner’s family contracted coronavirus
The two-year-old moggy, called Le Le, gave birth to four kittens when her owner was away
The cat’s owner has shared the extraordinary story with Chinese video outlet Pear.
According to the man, who remains unidentified, his family were hit by the bug one after another at the end of January.
‘All of us had to be hospitalised before the Chinese New Year (January 25),’ he noted.
He said that Le Le had already been heavily pregnant when they fell ill, and her due date was around the Chinese New Year.
He said he decided not to hire a helper to come and look after Le Le because he was not sure if his flat had been contaminated by the virus.
‘I had to find a solution myself,’ he told reporters. ‘I need to be responsible for [the pet].’
The cat’s owner said when his wife returned home from the hospital, she was glad to find Le Le safe and sound. She was more glad to see four kittens running around the apartment
The man said before he went to the hospital for virus checks, he built a simple ‘delivery pad’ for Le Le ‘in case I couldn’t come back’.
He also opened two bags of cat food weighing 20 pounds in total to make sure Le Le would have enough to eat.
‘I keep turtles and flowers on the balcony, and there is filtered water there safe for her to drink,’ he added. ‘She also knew how to use the cat toilet in our bathroom.’
Her owner said before he and his wife headed to the hospital, they shut the door of all room apart from the balcony and the bathroom to let Le Le move around, ‘and after that, we have no idea what happened’.
Life in China is slowly resuming to normal after cities were shut down for weeks to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Part of the Great Wall re-opened to tourists this week (pictured)
Official will lift the travel restrictions on Wuhan on April 8 after putting the city on lock dowon in January. The picture shows workers disinfecting a subway station in Wuhan on Friday
When his wife was discharged from the hospital about 40 days later, she was glad to find Le Le safe and sound.
She was more glad to see four kittens running around the flat.
‘I count myself very lucky. After all, I didn’t take care of her [for so long],’ the owner said. ‘But when I saw the newborns, it was like I saw hope.’
Le Le had eaten the fish in the bowl, but the pet turtles survived.
The man said Le Le had lost about half of her weight when he returned home but vowed to look after the pet and her kittens the best he could now that he has recovered.
Hubei officials say they have largely contained the coronavirus outbreak
The Chinese province of Hubei has largely contained the coronavirus outbreak, according to the local government.
Officials today changed the risk level of the former epicentre Wuhan from ‘high’ to ‘medium’.
A government spokesperson said ‘main battlefield’ Wuhan and the rest of Hubei had achieved ‘important periodical result’ in stemming the epidemic, but warned of regional outbreaks.
The entire Wuhan has been classed as a ‘medium risk area’, while five of its 13 districts are now at ‘low risk’ for the cognation, according to Liu Dongru, Deputy Director of the Hubei Provincial Health Commission.
Mr Liu said at a press conference today that the situation in Wuhan was ‘positive’.
He said: ‘The spread of the epidemic in the main battlefield of Wuhan has been mostly blocked.’
The official claimed that seven cities and counties in Hubei had discharged all of their coronavirus patients.
But he underlined the possibility of regional outbreaks.
‘We must understand that zero-case reports don’t mean zero risks.
‘Although the epidemic index has dropped, the tasks in preventing and controlling the epidemic have grown, the difficulties have increased and the responsibilities [of officials] have become heavier,’ he cautioned.
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