Five kittens abandoned on a doorstep in a hat in Nantyglo have been taken into RSPCA care.

The two black and three tabby kittens – thought to be under six weeks old – were found on the evening of Monday 10 June at Pant View, Nantyglo. The kittens were taken to a nearby vets by the member of public who found them, and were found to be all in good health.

Kittens abandoned June19 pic2The kittens – two male and three female – have now been taken into RSPCA care, while enquiries are made.

RSPCA deputy chief inspector David Milborrow said: “These kittens were left in a green top hat on a doorstep with a small blanket over it. I’ve never heard of cats being left in a hat before – it’s a new one for me! Usually when we see cats abandoned they are found in cat carriers or cardboard boxes.“Luckily they are all doing well and are now currently in our care. Sadly it does appear that they have been abandoned, and we urge for anyone with any information to call the RSPCA inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018.

“Luckily they are all doing well and are now currently in our care. Sadly it does appear that they have been abandoned, and we urge for anyone with any information to call the RSPCA inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018.

“We never know the exact reasons why owners abandon their animals – no doubt there could be a number of factors, from people’s circumstances change and they are no longer in a position to look after their pet, or they weren’t able to deal with the numbers of offspring.

“Every animal has specific welfare needs and it’s so dangerous to leave any animal abandoned and having to fend for itself.

The kittens are currently under the care of RSPCA Newport Adoption Centre, who have arranged for them to be fostered until they are ready and old enough to be rehomed. The adoption centre is currently looking for new volunteer fosterers. You can apply online here: https://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/volunteer/vacancy/details/-/vacancyId/234/establishmentId/739

“The fosterers have been thinking of names for them and have named two of them Korkie and Lolly,” added inspector Milborrow. “We’ve also been thinking of names that link with hats, so – Fez, Beanie, Seuss, Beret and Trilby – maybe the names should be drawn out of a hat!”

The RSPCA urges owners to have their cats neutered from four months old to avoid unwanted litters ending up in rescue centres. Cats can become pregnant from as early as four months old which means that an unexpected litter of kittens can often come as a shock to owners who see their pet as just a kitten herself.

For more information about cat neutering visit – https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/cats/health/neutering

If you wish to help RSPCA Cymru, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations.