Sixteen cats and kittens found crammed into a pet cage and abandoned on a doorstep are recovering from their ordeal after being taken in by Cats Protection.
The six kittens and ten adult cats were discovered in Swansea after a member of the public contacted the charity’s Swansea Branch on Tuesday.
One of the cats was found to have had a microchip, and has now been reunited with their owner having been missing for six months. The others – including two four-week-old kittens and four one-week-old kittens – are all now being cared for at Cats Protection's Bridgend Adoption Centre, in Bryncethin.
While all the cats are underweight and two of the kittens were in need of emergency veterinary treatment, all are now recovering.
Deputy Manager of Cats Protection’s Bridgend Adoption Centre Molly Hughes said: “We had a call that a large number of cats and kittens had been found abandoned in a cat carrier in Swansea.
“Inside were 10 adult cats, one of which was a mother to four one-week-old kittens. There were also two four-week-old kittens, but they didn’t seem to have a mother with them.
“One of the cats had a microchip, and turned out to be a much-loved pet which had been missing for six months. It’s most likely this cat had become lost and found a food source and shelter at wherever these cats were living.
“We don’t know how these cats have come to be found like this, but we’re relieved we were able to get to them to help. Two of the kittens were very unwell, and far too young to be without a mother. They’ve needed veterinary treatment for anaemia and are now being hand-reared by staff.
“Apart from being underweight and having fleas, the cats are all in generally pretty good condition and very friendly.
“It’s most likely that someone has owned pet cats but not had them neutered, so they had begun to breed uncontrollably. Cats are prolific breeders, and if they’re not neutered a female can have up to 18 kittens a year.
“Cats Protection is able to help towards the cost of neutering to prevent situations like this occurring.
“The cats and kittens are all lovely, but the sudden arrival of this large number of cats and kittens has put a huge strain on our resources.”
On average it costs £180 per cat to cover the cost of its whole stay at Cats Protection.
The centre is appealing for donations to help care for the cats and kittens. To donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cats-protection-bridgend4 or by text BRID to 70577 to donate £5.00 (text donation terms and conditions can be found at https://www.cats.org.uk/sms-terms )