The RSPCA is appealing for information after four adult cats were abandoned in a box in Bracknall.
The cats, named Galaxy, Cadbury, Liquorice and Jackie, were very frightened and nervous when they were found but otherwise healthy.
They were discovered by a member of the public in the car park at Lexicon shopping centre on Saturday 23 February.
RSPCA inspector Lauren Evans who collected the cats is now investigating how they can to be abandoned.
She said: “The caller who found these cats said they were dumped in a cat carrier inside a cardboard box near to the shopping centre. None of them are microchipped and they are all young adults, possibly from the same litter.
“When I first saw them, they were extremely nervous and frightened but once I took them to RSPCA Putney Hospital for care they had calmed down a little bit and are now coming out of their shell and relaxing a bit more.
“Sadly, we do see many unwanted cats coming into our care. Last year, the RSPCA rescued 22,000 cats, that’s 60 cats every day, cats like these four were cruelly abandoned because somebody no longer wanted them. There is never an excuse to abandon an animal in this way. We understand that people’s circumstances can change but there are always charities and organisations like us that can help. Dumping pets is not the solution.”
The cats are two males and two females. The chocolate coloured cats have been named Galaxy and Cadbury, the back and white puss is named Liquorice and the black female cat has been named Jackie by RSPCA staff.
No owner has come forward for them, so they have now been moved to RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre in Surrey where they will soon be available for rehoming.
If you have any information about how these cats came to be abandoned contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.