A pregnant cat was dumped and left for dead in a bin bag by the side of the road on one of the hottest days of the year.
The cat was discovered in Pontycymer when children in a nearby garden heard her meows and alerted their father.
“The children’s father went to investigate and found the cat inside a plastic bin bag – which had been tied in a knot to seal it,” said Sue Dobbs, manager of Cats Protection’s Bridgend Adoption Centre.
“This was on Good Friday, the hottest day of the year so far.
“Temperatures reached 21ºC so it would have been extremely hot inside the bag and the poor cat inside had no escape route.
“It’s unlikely the cat would have survived for much longer if she hadn’t been discovered when she was.”
The member of the public took the cat – now named Friday after the day she was found – to Cats Protection’s Bridgend Adoption Centre in Bryncethin.
One-year-old Friday was treated for conjunctivitis and cat flu and on Saturday 4 May she gave birth to a black-and-white kitten. The kitten was named Saturday.
Sue said: “Friday was clearly traumatised by her ordeal when she first arrived but she soon turned into a little sweetie.
“She’s very chatty and has obviously been someone’s pet at some point.
Sadly, Saturday the kitten was found to have a deformed rib cage and on the vet's advice, had to be put to sleep. The centre continues to care for mum Friday and she is doing very well.
To help the Bridgend Adoption Centre fund Friday's care you can donate via Just Giving or by texting BRID to 70577 to donate £5.00 (text donation terms and conditions can be found here).
Sue said: “I urge anyone who is no longer able to care for their cat or kittens to get in touch with us.
"We understand that life can change drastically and rapidly, so there’s no judgement when cats and kittens are handed over to us – we just want them to be safe and well.
“It also helps if we can be given as much information about the cat’s history, personality and likes and dislikes that we can pass on to future adopters.”
This year Cats Protection’s cat care assistants – who help look after cats like Friday and her kitten –are being supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who have raised just over £1million for the charity to-date.
To find cats and kittens looking for new homes in your area, visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat