Rescue Wants Answers After Finding a 'Very Scared' Cat Abandoned in a Cave with No Food or Water

The cat is now in the care of the RSPCA, after a Good Samaritan dropped the feline off at a veterinarian.

<p>Courtesy RSPCA</p> A cat found abandoned in Beech Cave in England (left) and the cave where the feline was found

Courtesy RSPCA

A cat found abandoned in Beech Cave in England (left) and the cave where the feline was found

The RSPCA is trying to make sense of a recent animal abandonment.

On May 14, an unidentified individual discovered a frightened cat abandoned in a cave near Stoke-on-Tren, England. The Good Samaritan who spotted the feline took the pet to a local vet and dropped the animal off to get help.

Luckily, veterinarians found no injuries on the feline, so they transferred the pet to the RSPCA's care.

"This poor cat was found alone in a cat carrier in this dark cave," RSPCA animal rescue officer Tom Hall said. "He had no food or water with him and was very scared. Luckily he has no obvious signs of injury."

While the cat didn't sustain any physical injuries, his rescuers said the pet is very anxious after spending time in a strange, dark cave. The cat's arrival has left the RSPCA searching for answers to who left the pet in a carrier at the cave and who was the kind soul that brought the feline to a vet.

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"He's not microchipped, so we're not able to find out who he belongs to. I went down to the location and left a found poster on the cave's entry. Luckily he was spotted - we'd really like to thank the person who took him to the vets and brought him to safety," Hall added.

<p>Courtesy RSPCA</p> Inside Beech Cave, where the abandoned cat was found

Courtesy RSPCA

Inside Beech Cave, where the abandoned cat was found

The discarded cat will stay at the RSPCA North Staffordshire Branch until rescuers find him a home. If no one comes forward to claim the cat, the feline will become available for adoption.

Aside from the location of Beech Cave, the RSPCA doesn't have any clues about who abandoned the cat or why. In a release, the RSPCA acknowledged that the feline could've been left by someone who could no longer care for the pet.

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"We understand that the cost of living crisis has had an impact on people's finances, and some people may be struggling to care for their pets. Reports about animals being abandoned and dumped are rising, and we're seeing more animals coming into our care," Hall said.

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He added, "But in the tough financial climate, we're doing everything we can to keep pets in loving homes, and support owners. We've committed £1.5 million of extra funding to crisis measures and launched a Cost of Living Hub and a dedicated telephone helpline, while our pet food bank partnerships are going from strength to strength, having given out 1.5 million pet meals last year."

The RSPCA asks anyone with information about the cat abandoned in the cave to contact the organization's appeals line.

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