A woman believes her cat has given birth to the world’s smallest surviving kittens – which are as tiny as little mice.
Kirsty Flann didn’t know Russian blue cross Thumper Gypsy Mae was pregnant until a few days before she gave birth.
She had two tiny kittens who weighed just 25g each and were a mere three inches long when they were born a week ago.
The yet-to-be-named pair were so little they were dwarfed by a cigarette lighter and 30-year-old Kirsty was shocked by their size.
They have since grown to over 4in and weigh just 55g – far smaller than the average size of a week-old kitten which is 200g.
The smallest cat on record was a male blue point Himalayan-Persian, named Tinker Toy which measured 7.5 inches long when full grown.
Kirsty said her pair are far tinier than all the other litters of kittens she has successfully bred before, and she can’t find any record of any smaller.
Her kittens are smaller than a pair of the world’s smallest and rarest species of cat which were born in Porfell Wildlife Park & Sanctuary in Cornwall earlier this year.
They measured around to 48cm in body length and at birth were also no bigger than mice.
Company director Kirsty from Weymouth, Dorset, said: “I didn’t know she was pregnant until a few days before she gave birth because I felt milk forming in her tummy when I was stroking her.
“She’s a small cat anyway and did not show.
“There was a cat in America that was around the same size, but I haven’t seen anyone in the UK with a kitten this small.
“The babies I’ve had in the past have never been this small and I’ve bred loads.
“They are well proportioned and have fat little bellies and fat feet- but they’re just tiny!”
Mum-of-one Kirsty has had Thumper her whole life and bred the two generations of Russian Blues that came before her.
She said: “Thumper is a house cat and she’s not even supposed to go outside at all, so her pregnancy was a huge surprise.
“She doesn’t even leave me when I go to the toilet!
“I have a feeling that she snuck out when I was asleep and came back when I woke up.
“She went into labour in the middle of the night when lying next to me on my bed, and I woke up to her screaming and had to run to put a plastic bag under her!
“I had to keep stroking her the whole time because if I took my hand away she would growl!”
Kirsty stayed up for more than three hours comforting the first-time mum through labour, and they were born on December 2 at about 1.30am.
Both are thought to be females and are spitting images of their mother, so Kirsty couldn’t suspect the identity of their father.
When they were born Kirsty got online to see how big the smallest recorded kitten was.
The children who live on Kirsty’s road love to come and play with the kittens and demand pictures to see how they are getting on and if their eyes have opened.
She plans to keep one kitten to maintain the family bloodline, and give the other to a family member with a tiny kitten-shaped hole.
Neither of the dime-sized duo have names yet as they haven’t grown into their true personalities, although one is certainly more “vocal” than the other!
Kirsty’s family of animals has expanded as the kittens join Thumper, Thumper’s mother Tinkerbell, five, and grandmother Skylar, six and her seven-year-old cockapoo Tallulah.
She added: “Thumper is a brilliant mum, I would have thought that I would have to get the vets involved and give them powdered milk but she never leaves them.”