The owners of a litter of pedigree cats stolen during a burglary in Northampton last night have issued a heartfelt plea for the adorable pets to be returned.
Raiders broke into a house at Sorrel Close in Wootton overnight, first taking a cat carrier from the garage before using it to remove four eight-week-old Birman kittens from a large cage in the kitchen.
Their owner, Simone Ensor, 54, said the family is devastated by the loss of the pedigree breed pets and has urged anyone who is offered one of the white haired, blue-eyed kittens to report it to police immediately.
She said: “They are a real pride and joy for us. We have been top breeders of the Birmans now for some time and we just love them.
“This litter are just so lovely.
“The burglars took the car as well, but we don’t care, we just want our cats back.”
Miss Ensor said the mother of the litter was sleeping on top of the cage and is “very distressed.”
The kittens, which are a red point breed of Birman consist of two males and two females. One of the males is believed to be sick and was given medication for diarrhoea last night.
The red point breed of Birman have similarities to the ‘ragdoll’ breed and have a red-ish nose and face and tail. However as the kittens are so young they are still largely white.
Also taken in the burglary was the family’s black Mercedes SLK, registration KJ08 TNE.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on the 101 number, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.