The cruel act was caught on CCTV by the cat's owners, Daryll and Stephanie Mann, at their Coventry home.
They discovered the trapped cat when they heard her cries and decided to check the footage from their security camera to see how she ended up in the bin.
But when they saw the video, they were shocked to discover it was the work of a middle-aged woman.
The grey-haired lady is caught petting the animal on camera, before looking around to see if she is being watched.
Coventry Police said they had been alerted to what had happened and had passed the matter to the RSPCA.