Young Cat and her Kitten Abandoned in Pet Carrier Outside RSPCA Centre in Newport

Both mum and baby are recovering well from their ordeal and are now safe in foster care

The RSPCA is appealing for information about a female cat and her kitten, who were cruelly abandoned in a pet carrier outside the charity’s Newport Animal Centre on Saturday night (2 October).

A passer-by spotted the carrier in bushes near the Hartridge Farm Road centre at about 9pm on Saturday evening and when they went to investigate further they found the frightened felines inside.

The black mother cat, who is thought to be aged about two, and her tortoiseshell kitten, who is about 12-weeks-old, were taken in by the centre and are now in RSPCA foster care.

A subsequent check found that neither of the cats had been microchipped.

The mum, who will be neutered during her stay, is already responding well. Her kitten is much more nervous, but their carers are confident that both of them will make a full recovery and go on to find loving new homes.

Animal rescuer, inspector Christine McNeil said: “It’s a very sad case as it’s more than likely that mum and her kitten were once part of someone’s family.

“We understand that people’s lives can change, but leaving animals in these circumstances is never the right thing to do, especially when there are many animal welfare organisations who will offer support and help with rehoming.

“Someone out there must know who owned these lovely cats and we would urge anyone with further information to please come forward and call our appeals line on 0300 123 8018.”

The RSPCA believes neutering can help tackle the overpopulation crisis and ensure we don’t see more unwanted litters being born and putting extra strain on rescue centres. Kittens can get pregnant from just four months old and there may be a longer wait than usual at some vet practices due to the pandemic, so it’s important to get them booked in early.

Last year the RSPCA rehomed 17,868 cats which is 53 a day or two cats rehomed every hour. The charity’s centres and branches are also caring for more cats than any pet with nearly 3,000 moggies coming into the RSPCA’s care since the start of the year (January 1 to 31 August).

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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