The RSPCA is appealing for information after seven cats became the latest victims of irresponsible owners in the Luton area.
The mother cat and her five six-week-old kittens were found along with an older kitten, thought to be from an earlier litter, in two cardboard boxes outside a takeaway in High Town Road on Thursday (13 June). They were looked after for two days by the person who found them and the RSPCA was called on Saturday (15 June).
The seven cats are tabby/tortoiseshell-coloured. The kittens were suffering from severe flea and worm infestations and the older kitten has an eye problem which is being treated.
RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Kate Wright collected the cats. The week before she was called after a black and white cat and her four kittens were found dumped in Runley Road in the town. She has also recently collected an adult cat and kittens which were found under a garden shed in Luton.
ACO Wright said: “These are just the latest of lots of cats and kittens that we’ve picked up in the Luton area over the last few weeks. Our branches and animal centres are struggling to find new homes for them all and we are desperately urging people to please rehome a rescued cat rather than just buying one. That way, we can make space in our centres for any other cats and kittens coming in.
“Also, if people own cats they must get them neutered – we can’t pick up the pieces for every owner who just allows their cat to have kittens then realises they don’t know what to do with them. Owners should also remember that by dumping animals they may be committing a criminal offence.
The most recent cat and kittens are still receiving veterinary treatment but will then be transferred into the care of the RSPCA Bedfordshire South Branch.
The branch currently has 24 cats and kittens in its care, including a three-legged ginger cat named Alfie and a cat with only half a tail called Ashley. Both cats were injured in road accidents and their owners could not be found because the pair were not microchipped.
If you would like to rehome Alfie, Ashley or any other cat or kitten from the RSPCA Bedfordshire South Branch please call 07501 879560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone who knows where the dumped cat and kittens came from should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.