Thursday, 5 September 2013

Bin-bag cats seek brighter future

A branch of Cats Protection is looking for good homes for two cats who were tied up in a rubbish bag and dumped in a wheelie bin. The cats, both of whom were pregnant when they were abandoned in February, have since had four kittens each, most of which are still up for adoption.

Blossom was about a year-and-a-half old when she was found in the bag with Cherry, thought to be her daughter and just a few months old at the time. They were discovered by a member of the public putting out her rubbish.

“She heard a noise from the bin and found two cats tied up in a bag,” says Tamsin Eastwood, Co-ordinator of our Bedford & Biggleswade Branch, who has cared for the mother cats and kittens.

The cats were taken to the vets for a check-up and were taken on by Tamsin in March. Less than a fortnight later, the heavily-pregnant Blossom had her litter: long-haired black-and-white males George and Bobby and long-haired black females Maple and Jasmine. The kittens are now almost six months old.

Cherry had her litter later on, and her kittens are now just over four months old. They are Dougal (black-and-white long-haired male); Mavis (black-and-white long-haired female); Elsa (tabby-and-white short-haired female) and Jack (black short-haired male).

While George and Maple have recently been rehomed, Blossom, Cherry and the remaining kittens are all still seeking new owners.

“Homing has been completely quiet, and we have a lot of black-and-white cats in our care at the moment,” explains Tamsin.

The cats and kittens have been neutered and all have had, or are about to have, their vaccines. The branch will be able to give potential adopters further information about all of the cats.

Tamsin, who certainly has her hands full caring for so many cats, says “it’ll be worth it in the long run”. She adds: “It’s lucky they were found when they were or goodness knows what would have happened to them.”

If you live in or near to the Bedford and Biggleswade area, and think you could offer a permanent home to Cherry, Blossom, or their kittens, then contact the branch on 08442 496 911.

Our other UK branches and centres have lots of cats and kittens waiting for adoption. Find your perfect pet through our Find-a-Cat tool on our home page.


  1. I would love to give a home to all of them, but I've already got four cats. If I win the lotto, I will buy a great big house and come and collect all of them....
    Bless thier little hearts <3

    1. Bless you, Ive always said if I won the lottery I would home more cats. I have 5 at the moment. Im, devestated by what happened to these beautiful cats but am overjoyed they were found in time, and hope they find a loving new home

  2. We would love to, but we are still so heartbroken after our ginger darling Boris died a few weeks ago, and we are not quite ready yet to give another one a home, but give it time

  3. Dear Anonymous
    As I have found twice, the only remedy for the death of a beloved cat is to take on another (or two!). In 1995 and 2011, two months after the death of the one that seemed irreplaceable, I found two successors who, in their turn, became much loved. It didn't mean that those who had gone were forgotten.

  4. No matter how bad it got I could never abandon my cats. They are what keep me going during the bad times. How can people be so cruel especially with them pregnant. I hope they all find loving lifetime homes.

  5. Dear Anonymous,
    In 2004 we had two female cats one is still with us she is now 16 yrs and one passed away when my cat passed away we were and still are heartbroken we will never get over her we always think about her I took it really bad when she passed away and my other cat took it really bad she cried for her day and night it was heartbreaking just listening to her as well our grieving it was awful then about a month down the line we had in our minds no way are we getting another cat and at the time where my dad worked he rang me and said someone has abandoned a 9 day old kitten under a seat there's no one to help bottle feed it I had a good think about it (didn't take long)and I just thought maybe this is meant to be maybe my cat that passed away had sent this helpless kitten to me to keep me busy it helped a bit because this tiny kitten needed help quickly as the vet said it didn't look good it wasn't feeding properly 9 yrs on that tiny kitten survived and is healthy I still think she sent him to us it still hurts and we miss her so much but we look at it as it was a gift from her and we saved a life then a friend needed a home from one of her cats litter and now we have 7 cats 16yr old, 2 9yr olds, and our latest editions 4 kittens all from another friends cats litter they have just turned a year old and we love every single one of them but we always have her in our thoughts always, so it is hard but I feel and do believe he was meant to come to us hes our miracle.

    1. Oh what an absolutely lovely uplifting story. I also had to have my cat put to sleep and was totally devastated but I gave a home to 2 lovely sisters who were going to be left and they have brought me total joy. There are some horrid people about but I get uplifted when I read stories like yours and realise there are a lot of us that care. Thank you for helping me keep faith.

    2. Your welcome, I agree with you there are a lot of nasty cruel people out there it makes me angry when i hear or see pictures of what people have done.I look at all 7 of ours and think how lucky they are to have a loving home they all have their naughty moments but I wouldn't change one bit of it all the kittens are driving all the adults mad but I do catch the adults giving the kittens a sneaky kiss so cute lol and yes there was a happy ending to our story even though it still hurts but in most cases there isn't a happy ending and it is really sad.