Does anybody recognise this female black cat found abandoned at the entrance to Rivacre Valley country park in Ellesmere Port on Monday night?

The feline, which is in good health and condition, was found in a white and red plastic carrier about 10pm wearing a fluorescent yellow collar.

RSPCA animal welfare officer John Littlewood is puzzled because the case does not follow the usual pattern of abandonment situations. He said the short-haired cat was in ‘perfect condition’ and looked and smelled clean. The owner had gone to the trouble of getting the pet identichipped by a vet but their identity and address details had never been registered on a database.

“My thoughts with this cat are, I’m wondering if she was robbed and then dumped,” said John. “It came through to us as an abandonment. I have been around for about 20 years in the RSCPA and I’m concerned this is someone’s cat that’s been taken. I’m struggling to believe the owner of this animal has dumped it.”

He said it was irresponsible to abandon the cat, even within a carrier, as wild animals like a fox could have scared her to death.

The cat is currently being looked after in Salford where she will remain for at least a week before efforts are made to find her a new home.

“It should fly out of the centre,” added the RSPCA officer, who is one of the officers covering Wirral.  

Anyone who can help identify the cat is asked to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.