An appeal for information has been launched following suspected poisonings in the Llandaff North area of Cardiff, which sadly left two cats dead.
The cats were put to sleep on independent veterinary advice after displaying symptoms consistent with being poisoned, including vomiting and neurological disorders as their organs shut down.
Mister and Richard Parker – who lived on Maplewood Avenue in the area – started to appear ill on 12 April.
Nicola Gilbertson, the owner of the two cats, lost another cat four years ago to poisoning. She said:
“Mister returned home, appearing sick, wailing and not looking right. The vets later confirmed he had been poisoned and his kidneys were failing.
“Richard Parker returned home vomiting, with white froth appearing from the mouth. I knew straight away what had happened – and he too had to be put to sleep by the vets.
“They were much-loved cats and members of the family. I loved them to bits, and it’s so sad to think what they went through and how they died in such a horrific way. I just hope someone comes forward with some information to this RSPCA appeal.”
RSPCA Cymru is urging anyone in or around the Llandaff North area who may have any relevant information to contact the charity’s inspectorate appeal line.
Selina Chan, RSPCA Inspector, said:
“We are so sorry to learn of the death of Mister and Richard Parker in Llandaff North. Watching a cat die in this way is absolutely horrendous for the owner, and our thoughts are with her.
“The circumstances behind the poisoning are unknown – but we’re urging anyone in the local area who may have any information to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
“Cat owners in Llandaff North should be vigilant, too. It’s vital people know the symptoms of a poisoning, and what they should do. Potential signs include vomiting, seeming depressed or sleepy, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, seizures, difficulty breathing, increased thirst and increased urination.
“Should a poisoning be suspected, owners should remain calm, move the pet away from any possible poisonous source and contact a vet immediately.”
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