The RSPCA has launched an investigation after four cats were dumped in a taped-up cardboard box in Bicester last week.
The four middle-aged female cats had a lucky escape after they were found abandoned behind a filling station in Buckingham Road on Tuesday morning by a passer-by on her way to work.
RSPCA inspector Andy Eddy said: “Whoever dumped these cats showed no thought for their safety or wellbeing.
“I can’t imagine how anyone can just abandon their pets in this way.
“Many cat rescue organisations are full at the moment because people still fail to get their pets chipped or neutered, but if someone really can’t cope they should contact a welfare charity for advice.”
The RSPCA says none of the cats were microchipped or had collars, although it appears the cats may have had collars in the past.
All of the cats are different colours – a tabby, a tabby and white, a grey and white, and a black and white – and all seem to be in a reasonable condition.
The cats are now being cared for by the Oxfordshire branch of the RSPCA.
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 1238018.
For information on rehoming one of the cats, visit www.rspca-oxfordshire.org.uk.
The Caversfield-based animal charity, Tiny Paws Rehoming, also launched an appeal for help last month after around a dozen young domestic rabbits were dumped in a lay-by on the A421 near Finmere.