The RSPCA is appealing for information after 10 cats have reportedly gone missing from an area of Stoke-on-Trent during the course of one week.

Owners of the cats have reported them going missing in the first week of October. The cats all lived in or around Everest Road, in Kidsgrove. The RSPCA does not have any evidence about what may have happened to the cats.

RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “This is a strange case and it is a large amount of cats to have gone missing in a week. We are concerned and we do urge anyone who has any information about what may be happening to come forward and call us on 0300 123 8018.

“It is heartbreaking for people when the pets they love like members of their family go missing and it would be natural for cat-owners to feel worried, however we’d like to reassure people that it is an unusual situation for so many to go missing from one area.

“Cats can be keen explorers, so the RSPCA would always recommend microchipping so that they can be returned to their owners as quickly as possible if they do get lost. In male cats, neutering can reduce the tendency for them to roam too.”

If your cat goes missing, the RSPCA suggests the following steps should be taken as soon as possible in order to have the best chance of owners being reunited with their pets:

  • Check your home and local area thoroughly.

  • If the animal is definitely missing, register them with a company such as Petslocated or the National Pets register.

  • If you suspect your animal may have been stolen, please contact the police.

  • Call your microchip company so they can flag your pet as missing. This will also alert to them anyone trying to re-register the same microchip number.

  • Call your local RSPCA, and other local animal welfare organisations.

  • Contact your local vets.

  • Talk to neighbours, postman, milkman etc, as they may have seen the animal or observed something suspicious at the time they went missing.

  • Put flyers on notice boards & through letter boxes.

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.)