THE RSPCA is appealing for information and warning pet owners to be cautious after five cats were believed to have been poisoned.
The RSPCA was contacted after five of cats died unexpectedly with the same symptoms from Hall View, Caego, Wrexham.
RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas said: “One cat was found dead at end February this year and at the same time another cat was found to be ill and was put to sleep on veterinary advice.
“Another cat fell ill at end of May and was put to sleep and then a further two – one on Thursday 6 August and one Saturday 8 August. Sadly both of these cats had to be put to sleep on veterinary advice.
“This has been an extremely distressing situation for the owner who has lost five of her beloved pets. We have no way of telling whether this was a result of a deliberate act or because of poisonous substances not being safely stowed away, but what is concerning is that this has happened on several occasions and so may well happen again.
“We are appealing for information to try and find out how these suspected poisonings could have happened. We also would like to warn cat owners in the area to take their cats to a vet immediately if they seem unwell.”
Owner Annalisa Torrence said she was “devastated” to lose her five cats – Thai and Tinka in February, Marley in May – who she found collapsed – and then Garfield and Tiggy who became ill last week. They were sadly put to sleep on veterinary advice.
“They were my babies,” she said. “I have two other cats and I just don’t think I could cope with this happening to them as well. I am devastated.”
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.
Some of the signs of poisoning are:
Appearing drunk and uncoordinated
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
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).