THE RSPCA is appealing for information and warning pet owners to be cautious after four cats were poisoned in Cardiff.

The RSPCA has been notified that four cats from Oakmeadow Drive in St Mellons have been poisoned.

Sadly three of the cats have been put to sleep on veterinary advice due to poisonings over the past week and one is receiving treatment.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Sian Burton said: “We are not sure at this stage if the poisonings are deliberate or an accident. So we are appealing for information about these incidents and also would like to remind pet owners to be vigilant and keep an eye on their cats’ well being.

“If you suspect that your cat has been poisoned you must take it to a vet immediately. If possible, you should take a sample of what the cat has eaten/drunk, or the container.”

Poisoning a cat deliberately is a criminal offence. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the maximum penalty for those found guilty of this offence is up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £20,000.

If anyone has any information about this incident or similar incidents in the area, they are urged to contact the RSPCA inspector information line on 0300 123 8018. Calls will be treated in confidence.

To help the RSPCA investigate cases like this, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).

Some of the signs of poisoning are:
Vomiting
Seeming depressed/sleepy
Appearing drunk and uncoordinated
Seizures
Difficulty breathing
Increased thirst
Increased urination

The most important advice for cat owners is:
Be extra vigilant
Check the health of cats regularly
Know the signs and symptoms of poisoning and seek veterinary help immediately should any be seen
The sooner the cat receives veterinary treatment, the better chances of survival