Police were called after hundreds of people claimed an elderly woman had been ‘stealing’ cats.
Images of eleven animals, which were seized from a house in Trafford on Wednesday night, have now been released by the RSPCA in a bid to reunite them with their owners.
Officers were first alerted earlier week, receiving reports a woman was keeping a ‘considerable amount’ of cats inside her home.
Numerous posts then appeared on social media, suggesting the animals were missing pets from across Greater Manchester, which then sparked further calls to police.
Police visited an address, ‘thought to have stolen cats inside’ in Stretford on Wednesday.
They recovered 15 animals, which were handed to the RSPCA.
A spokesman for the charity said they animals all appeared to have been well looked after and that there were no concerns for their welfare.
It is believed some may have come from south Manchester.
So far, four of the 15 cats have been identified. RSPCA officers are trying to identify the owners of the other 11.
All the cats are male, except for one female, which is blind.
An RSPCA spokesman said:
A spokeswoman for GMP said enquiries are ongoing and urged anyone with information to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 - or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
If you think one of the cats is yours, call the RSPA on 0300 123 8018.