Four animals that were dumped in a carrier with no cat food or water in Cumbernauld are now being cared for by the Scottish SPCA.
They were found after a member of the public saw the cats on December 12th. There were two males and two females, which were aged between eight months and three years.
Jenny Hamilton, animal rescue officer, said: "These poor youngsters were all dumped in one carrier with no food or water.
"We don't think they had been there for very long as they would have been easily spotted and we're just glad that they're safe now.
"This was a very cruel thing to do and we're very keen to trace the owner of these cats."
They have been named Dexter, Smudge, Lizzie and Tabatha.
It is illegal to abandon animals and those who commit this crime face up to six months in jail and a £5,000 fine.