THE mother of a seriously ill Warrnambool child is desperate to have her son’s furry feline friend returned home before he gets out of hospital.
Ten-year-old James Kavanagh, who has cerebral palsy and is battling a bad bout of pneumonia, doesn’t know his best mate Mittens is missing and his mum Grace is keen to keep it that way.
The youngster’s 10-month-old cream and dark brown ragdoll kitten disappeared from the family home at the corner of Henna and Timor streets on Sunday, two days after James was taken to Warrnambool Base Hospital with the life-threatening illness.
Mrs Kavanagh said the kitten, worth $550, was a much-loved member of the family and particularly important to James, who can’t speak and is wheelchair-bound.
“He doesn’t know Mittens is missing because he’s been in hospital, on oxygen, since Friday,” she said. “He (Mittens) looks like a big, fat, fully-grown cat, but he’s just a kitten.
“He would be about 10 months old.
“James is non-verbal but the cat always comes and sits on his lap while he’s in his wheelchair.
“My seven-year-old son had him in the backyard. I don’t know what happened but he said he saw the cat just run off.”
James’ brother Sean, sister Sarah and their small Maltese-cross dog were also very fond of Mittens, Mrs Kavanagh said.
“He’s a very, very friendly cat and he just loves lying on his back all the time,” she said.
“He’s a very caring natured sort of a cat.”
James is expected to be in hospital for two weeks.