The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat and her four kittens were dumped in a plastic container in Coventry woodland.

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The tabby cat and her kittens – three females and one male, all two weeks old – were found by a member of the public in Cawston Woods, off Cawston Lane, on Wednesday last week (13 April).

Alongside them in the plastic container was a plastic lunchbox with cat food in it.

They have now been taken into RSPCA care where they are doing well.  The mum has been named Willow, and the kittens have been named Oliver, Cherry, Apple and Spruce, after the woodland where they were found.

RSPCA inspector Nicky Foster said: “We have absolutely no idea where this cat and her little kittens came from.

“It is very sad that a mum and her four vulnerable and defenceless kittens were left out in the open like this, where anything could have happened to them.

“Because they were found in a plastic box with food, it is obvious that someone put them there on purpose.

“They are now being looked after in our care and are all doing well. It is important for us to find out why they were dumped like this, and we are urging anyone with any information to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

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