LISA SMITH was surprised to discover this family of felines when she was feeding her horses at the weekend.
She thought a rat had scuttled past her feet but it turned out to be the pitter patter of tiny paws.
Lisa, who has used the shed and fields near East Whitby school for her horses for over 20 years, has never seen the black and white cat before it appeared on Saturday morning with four kittens which were just hours old at the most.
She has been feeding the cat to make sure it is getting enough nutrients but thinks it might belong to someone.
Lisa said: “On Saturday morning they had literally just been born - you could tell. She is obviously not leaving them and because she is feeding a litter I gave her some milk and she is getting fed all the time now.
“I have been here 20 years and not seen her before, she could be a pet, she could be feral but I don’t think she looks like a feral cat.
“I rang the Blue Cross, the RSPCA and the Cats Protection League but was just so shocked how they would not help but I suppose they are full up anyway.”