The RSPCA is urging cat owners to get their pets neutered after collecting five tiny, unwanted kittens who were dumped in a Moses basket in Surrey.

A woman contacted the animal welfare charity on Monday afternoon (23 April) after finding a Moses basket dumped in Fairholme Road, Ashford, with five kittens inside.

Animal welfare officer (AWO) Carl Hone went to pick up the little kittens.

“The kittens are around six weeks old so really should still be with their mum,” AWO Hone said.

“However, they’re thankfully all healthy and seem well so we’ve taken them to our centre in Chobham where they’ll be getting vet checks and lots of TLC until they’re old enough to be rehomed.”

The kittens – all black or black and white – are now being cared for at RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre.

They’ve been named Kanye, Kendrick, Kadi, Nicki and Gerald (or G-Eazy) after rappers.

AWO Hone has put up posters in the local area but, if no one comes forward to claim the cats, then they will be rehomed by RSPCA staff.

“Unfortunately, the RSPCA sees a huge influx of kittens every summer during kitten season because there are many unneutered pet cats and stray cats in England,” AWO Hone said.

“The message we really want to hit home to people is that they need to get their cats neutered to avoid any unwanted litters which, in turn, puts a lot of pressure on animal charities and rescue centres like the RSPCA.”

The RSPCA and other animal charities, along with some veterinary practices, offer discounted neutering so please contact your local branch for more information.

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Anyone with information about the kittens should contact the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.