RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a cat was found in a pet carrier – abandoned on a pavement in Cardiff.
The cat – which is now in RSPCA care – was found on 26 September at around 6pm on Lionel Road in Cardiff.
The black cat, which is a non-neutered male aged around two to three years old, was found in a grey plastic cat carrier.
RSPCA inspector Gemma Black said: “He was taken to the RSPCA Merthyr Tydfil Veterinary Clinic where he was found to have a slight ear infection in both ears which we are now treating. Otherwise he is doing ok.
“We’re now trying to find out what happened here, and we urge anyone with any information to call the RSPCA inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018.
“We’ve had two possible owners come forward following a social media appeal, but both saying their cat was chipped which this one isn’t, so we are still making enquiries.”
Gemma added: “We never know the exact reasons why owners abandon their animals – no doubt there could be a number of factors, from people’s circumstances changing 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.
“But every animal has specific welfare needs and it’s so dangerous to leave any animal abandoned and having to fend for itself.”
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.