RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information following a suspected cat poisoning in Caerphilly.
Jack, a four-year-old black cat, came back to his Heol Y Ddol home on 21 October very unwell – he had been sick several times and couldn’t walk or move.
He was immediately taken to a vets, where sadly it was confirmed that he had been poisoned and on veterinary advice Jack was put to sleep.
RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels said: “Our thoughts are with Jack’s owner who must be extremely upset at this sad time.
“Jack doesn’t stray from home very far, so it is likely that this happened nearby. But what we don’t know if this was accidental or deliberate, so we are appealing for anyone with information to give us a call.
“Sadly many cats are victims of poisonings, and we urge anyone who suspects that their cat has been poisoned to take them to their vets straight away and for cat owners in the area to remain vigilant.”
Potential signs of poisoning could include vomiting, seeming depressed/sleepy, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, seizures, difficulty breathing, increased thirst, increased urination.
Jack’s owner Nicola Penfold said: “I can honestly say I am completely devastated by what happened. A pet isn’t just a pet, they become part of your family, and knowing he was taken away in such a painful way, knowing he suffered, has made it even worse.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA inspectorate 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 causing unnecessary suffering to a cat is up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £20,000.
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