Two adult cats and four kittens were rescued by the RSPCA after being abandoned in a cat carrier in woodland in Stowmarket.
The cats are believed to have been left cramped inside the same cat carrier with a broken door, which had been tied together with a hair band.
They were found by a member of the public on Saturday, 15 September near Church Road in Combs, and taken to the church where they were collected by the RSPCA.
RSPCA Inspector Jason Finch who rescued the cats, said: “As the door to the carrier was broke, two of the adults and one of the kittens were outside the carrier when I arrived, but thankfully I was able to catch them. The three other kittens were still inside the carrier and all of the cats smelt strongly of urine and faeces.”
The kittens are believed who are believed to be around seven-weeks old, and the two young female adult cats are now being looked after at RSPCA Martlesham Animal Home, part of the Suffolk East and Ipswich branch.
The cats have been names Harlequin and Storm and the kittens are Raven, Wonder, Rogue and Wade after superheroes and comic book characters.
Inspector Finch added: “Unfortunately, we do see a lot of abandoned and unwanted kittens especially during ‘kitten season’ between May and September when most kittens are born. Often these kittens are unplanned and therefore unwanted, which has led to a cat overpopulation crisis in the UK. The key to tackling this is to ensure that your cat is neutered from four-months-old.”
If you have any information about how these cats came to be in the woods, you can contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. If no one comes forward for them then they will later be rehomed via the RSPCA website.