RSPCA appeal for information after cats were found riddled with fleas and callously left with no food or water on a chilly morning in Kent

Two young cats were abandoned in a sealed cardboard box and dumped on a playing field in Sheerness on Wednesday morning (20 September)

Kittens Wilbur and Orville were abandoned
Kittens Wilbur and Orville were abandoned


The 16-week-old black kittens were found when a dog walker saw the cardboard box, which had been left in the middle of the football pitch on New Road, suddenly move.


The kittens were rushed to a nearby vets and were found to be riddled with fleas and dumped without food or water.


Inspector Ellie Burt was called by the vets and is now investigating how they came to be on the playing fields.


She said: “These poor kittens were taken in by a member of the public who is a local dog walker. She was walking the dogs and saw this box dumped in the middle of the football pitch. She thought nothing of it but then saw the box bounce. When she looked inside she saw two young black cats who were very confused, stressed and riddled with fleas.

16-week old kitten now in RSPCA care
16-week old kitten now in RSPCA care


“They are nice and friendly so obviously they have been someone’s pet. This means it was most likely a deliberate abandonment. Maybe the mum had kittens and they couldn’t get rid of them so they decided to dump them.


“Sadly we live in a throwaway culture and it’s heartbreaking to see people time and again treating animals like they are an old appliance to be thrown away or a piece of rubbish. To dump two cats in this way is a callous act of cruelty especially when there are so many other options.”

Kittens after they were found in playing field in Sheerness
Kittens after they were found in playing field in Sheerness


The vet staff fed the two brothers and gave them flea and worm treatment before Inspector Burt took them to RSPCA Leybourne Animal Centre in Maidstone for further care. They have now been named Wilbur and Orville by RSPCA staff. They are still a little timid but gaining confidence each day. Once they have been neutered they will be available for rehoming.


The RSPCA is appealing for anyone who may have seen anything, or has any information which could help the investigation, to contact the appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and reference inspector Ellie Burt.


The RSPCA sees many cats and kittens flooding into its centres during its busiest time between May and September. This is the kitten season and means more unwanted and unplanned litters are being born and subsequently abandoned.


The biggest and oldest animal welfare charity is urging people to neuter their cats from four months old to avoid unexpected pregnancies and save unwanted kittens from a terrible start in life.


If your cat has already had a litter and you can not cope there are always options and animal welfare charities can help.


To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit: or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).