Police are hunting cat burglars who stole three newborn kittens.
Intruders broke into a house in The Chase in Barnston, Essex, between 11.30pm yesterday and 7am today.
Officers believe only the kittens were taken and said it is important they are reunited with their mother.
Detective Constable Alan Lewis said: "We want to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in The Chase overnight, from anyone who has been offered newborn kittens for sale, or from anyone who is aware of people who have recently taken possession of young kittens.
"It is vital that the kittens are found as quickly as possible because they still need their mother's milk and attention and because they are at their most vulnerable at this age."
Anyone with information should contact Braintree CID on 101.