The RSPCA are investigating a real-life Top Cat situation after a family of 14 cats and kittens were found – dumped in a BIN.
The brood of seven adult females and one male, all only around one to two years old, were discovered by a member of the public who heard the sound of meowing coming from near the bins.
There was also four male kittens around eight weeks old and two female kittens which are four months old, which have been named Milo, Otis, Bill, Ted, Ruby and Rosie.
The moggies had all been put in two tiny cat carriers and a litter box and were struggling to find space.
A member of the public discovered the numerous cats on January 3 at 7pm in the bins on an estate near to RSPCA Harmsworth Memorial Animal Hospital in Holloway, in north London, which featured on BBC1’s Animal Hospital.
Caroline Allen, RSPCA London veterinary director, said the felines were likely to have been owned the same person and dumped after unexpected kittens were born.
She added: “Sadly having animals dumped near to our London hospitals is nothing new.
“However this really is a large number of cats and kittens to have been left in one go.
“All are very young and it’s likely the person who owned them never got them neutered and as a result found themselves with more and more kittens. All of them are in reasonable health and condition.
“It is just very sad that despite all the education by animal welfare charities there are still some people who are failing to neuter their pets – even though there are many schemes available for low cost neutering.”
All the animals are now being looked at the RSPCA Central West and North East London Branch where they will be neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before being assessed for rehoming.
The branch also is part of The ‘C4′ Scheme, which was established in 2002, and is a joint initiative by major animal charities working in Greater London to tackle the problem of too many cats.
There are thousands of unwanted, neglected and stray cats in London, which could be prevented by neutering, the RSPCA say.