Abandoned and alone: Four week old kitten dumped in a London bin

A tiny tabby has been brought to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London after a member of the public heard meowing and found the kitten abandoned amongst a pile of rubbish beside a bin near Hammersmith tube station.

This vulnerable four week old moggie, now named Bob the bin cat by staff at the world-famous animal charity, was found inside a plastic bag looking extremely frightened and appears to have been heartlessly dumped before being found and brought into Battersea by his rescuer.

Battersea’s Head of Catteries, Lindsey Quinlan said: “Bob is just one of the 290 stray cats that have arrived at our centre this year but being so young and defenceless; his story really pulls on the heartstrings. It’s so hard to believe that someone could abandon this gorgeous little kitten and with unpredictable temperatures soaring in London recently, Bob was so lucky to be found before his condition deteriorated any further.

“Against all odds, Bob is now doing really well after his nasty ordeal and is currently recovering in a foster home where he’s gone from feeling shy and fearful to being playful andaffectionate. He's just one of the many kittens that have already started to arrive at our London centre this year and we expect the tiny patter of paws to increase as ‘Kitten Season’ fast approaches.

Lindsey continued: “People aren’t getting their cats spayed or neutered enough and cats can have kittens from as young as four months old -with up to four litters a year.You can see how cat populations can fast explode but dumping unwanted pets is never the answer. Battersea encourage all pet owners to get their cats neutered and we make sure all our feline arrivals are neutered before they are rehomed.

“We are confident Bob won’t have any trouble finding a lovely home in the coming weeks and that his rocky start to life will just help to make him the most confident and courageous cat on the block!”

A collection of photos are available to download.

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Notes to editors

  • Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society. 
  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • In 2015 the Home cared for over 8000 dogs and cats.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 260 dogs and 220 cats across its three centres at any one time.
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at the charity but the average stay for a dog is 30 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • A team of over 1200 volunteers help at Battersea’s three centres, in roles including dog and cat socialising, gardening, admin support and giving talks in the community.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, the Home also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
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