The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after Dusty the cat was found in the Ibrox area of Glasgow.
Scotland's animal welfare charity was alerted when a passer-by heard the cat's cries coming from the bin on Copland Road at around 6pm on Monday, January 27.
The male ginger and white cat was removed and taken into a nearby homeless hostel to await rescue. He is now being cared for at the Scottish SPCA's Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Cardonald.
Staff have affectionately named him Dusty.
Amy Robb, animal rescue officer at the SSPCA, said, "Poor Dusty was found inside the wheelie bin with the lid closed.
"Luckily, some people from the homeless hostel heard him meowing, took him out and cared for him until I arrived.
"We do not know whether he was scavenging for food and somehow fell into the bin or whether he was put in there deliberately, maybe as a cruel prank.
"Thankfully he was unharmed and in good overall health so we don't think he could have been trapped for long.
"Dusty was not micro-chipped or wearing a collar so we have no way of getting in touch with his owner. However, he's a very friendly boy who has clearly been someone's pet.
"If he has gone missing from home we'd like to reunite him with his owner but if no-one comes forward to claim Dusty we'll find him a loving new home."
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.