IT might be a slight twist on a Christmas yarn but these adorable little animals still need a good home.
Swansea Cats Protection volunteer Lynda Miners was shocked to find a box of five kittens left outside her front door in St Thomas on Saturday evening. The cats are only about six or seven weeks old and the charity is anxious to find them a loving new home.
"They were dropped off sometime between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Saturday," said Lynda, who volunteers at the Swansea Cats Protection shop in Brynymor Road. "One of my neighbours often drops things off for the charity shop so I thought it was that. I went to pick it up and thought it was strange.
"There were five little kittens there. They are adorable, they have obviously come from a home, they are friendly and sociable. I have called them Holly and Ivy, Rudolph, Jingle and Cracker."
Despite the heart-warming nature of the story, Lynda was at pains to point out the seriousness of the incident.
"We are overrun at the moment, we have so many cats," she said. "The problem is they are being abandoned, probably due to the recession.
"People go into ownership very lightly. They have a kitten which grows in to a cat and the novelty wears off. It affects us and the RSPCA.
"People can be irresponsible."
Last month the Post reported that the charity had more than 50 cats on its waiting list and another 110 animals in its care.
Branch homing officer Judy Jeremy said the charity had been forced to turn away any more requests to help cats and close its waiting list until it could clear the backlog.
Lynda added that it was important that all owners ensured their pets were neutered to prevent situations like this arising.
"Unless they get their cats neutered we are going to get this more," she said. "There is help available for people to get them neutered.
"The more we can get the word out there about that the better."
Can you help Swansea Cats Protection? If you can provide an animal a good home or can offer your time contact them on 0845 217 96 48.