THE RSPCA is appealing for information and warning pet owners to be cautious after seven cats died from suspected poisoning in Cardiff.

A concerned member of the public from Sevenoaks Road in Ely contacted the RSPCA after seven cats in the nearby area died from suspected poisoning in the past two months.

RSPCA acting chief inspector Selina Chan said: “The member of the public believes these cats were poisoned.

“The caller stated four cats died in their garden and knows of another three that have died. This must have been very traumatic for this person to witness.

“We are appealing for information to try and find out more about these suspected incidents. 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.”

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.

Following other reports of alleged poisoning incidents the RSPCA urges for anyone who believes their pet has been deliberately poisoned to call the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty helpline on 0300 1234 999.

If you are concerned that your pet may have been poisoned please contact your vet immediately – never watch and wait in any case of suspected poisoning. They will ask for details of when and how you suspect the poisoning occurred and symptoms. You may be asked to bring in your pet as soon as possible.

Signs that your animal could be poisoned vary and could include any of the following examples: depression, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulties and bad breath.

Always follow your vet’s advice. Never try to treat your pet yourself or make them vomit as this can be extremely dangerous. Different substances can affect animals in different ways.

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).