WILDLIFE carer Sandra Moye is pleading with Gympie residents to stop dumping unwanted pets.
Her local dump at Kilkivan is teeming with emaciated wild cats and she suspects the problem is widespread throughout the region.
She contacted The Gympie Times after saving two adolescent cats from a nasty death at Kilkivan dump.
While the cats were rescued on two separate occasions, both had tins stuck on their heads and appeared to have been in that state for some time.
As soon as the tins came off their heads the cats hissed and bolted, Ms Moye said.
"I got a call about a box of kittens at the dump once, but we only found one when we arrived," she said.
"I've also seen a big ginger tomcat up on the hill. With its matted fur it looked wild."
Ms Moye said her latest discoveries caused her more concern because of the cats' similar condition on different days.
"This is humans' fault. I found two cats in a bad condition, one with a tin stuck on its head and a small kitten in the rubbish," she said.
"Then I found another one in very bad shape. It looked dead, lying there with a can stuck on its head as well. It had a hole on her, probably from crows pecking her."
Ms Moye said the community must take responsibility for animal welfare and recycle cans instead of dumping them in the general rubbish.
She asked people who continued to dump cans to rinse them first and squash them to stop animals from foraging in them.