The RSPCA is reminding people about the importance of cat neutering after two sets of kittens were found abandoned in Stoke-on-Trent in the space of two days.

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Three black-and-white female kittens were found in a field off Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, on Sunday (30 August) evening.

Then on Monday morning (31 August), one black female kitten and two male black-and-white kittens were found abandoned in a box in a hedge in Sandcrest Walk, Meir.

RSPCA inspector Laura Bryant, who attended the incidents, said that the first lot of kittens were abandoned in a box in a field in Leek Road. She said: “They were found by a dog-walker, who was alerted to them when their dog started barking. The kittens were in a box and were all in good condition. They are aged about eight weeks old.

“The second lot of kittens had been dumped in a hedge at the side of a house in Meir. They had collars on which were really tight and they had urine stains around their feet. They had obviously been confined somewhere for a period of time. We think they are aged about 14 weeks old.

“Being left outside is a massive welfare issue. These kittens should have been in a warm place, where they could be fed and looked after properly. Instead they were just dumped, and it is very lucky that both sets of kittens were found by nice people who alerted the RSPCA.

“We are pushing for everyone to be responsible and neuter their cats to prevent unwanted litters of kittens being dumped in this way. People think they can sell kittens easily but we have so many kittens and cats which need rehoming.”

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The kittens, which have not yet been named, are currently being looked after in private boarding as the RSPCA’s North Staffordshire branch is full at the moment.

Insp Bryant said: “If you’d like to adopt a cat or a kitten then please consider contacting the RSPCA’s North Staffordshire branch on 01782 551515.”

Anyone with information about the abandoned kittens should call the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations to exist. To assist the Inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).