The moggies from all over Britain were callously dumped by their owners.
They joined a shocking 10,610 cats left to fend for themselves last year, according to the RSPCA. That is a 28 per cent increase on 2009.
In one of the most upsetting incidents, 12 cats were dumped from a car in south Wales.
This month, the five kittens pictured top right were abandoned in a box in a south London park.
The surge in numbers prompted Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in south London to open a £5million cattery. They took in 2,742 cats last year, 48 per cent of which had been abandoned. The rest were feral or strays.
Now the cattery is full. July is "kitten season", when they get an influx of litters and mums.
Battersea worker Ros Davies, who has re-homed thousands of cats in the past eight years, said last night: "Owners go on holiday and abandon their pets - it's the same every summer. We have so many wonderful cats that desperately need homes."
Here we meet just some of the pets at Battersea and Cats Protection sites across Britain.
If you can take one of them in, simply use the link below to see contact numbers.