An appeal for information in the Abertillery area has been launched, following reports to RSPCA Cymru that two cats from the same household died from anti-freeze poisoning.
The charity was contacted by a member of the public, living on Glandwr Street, who – tragically – has had two of her cats die within a matter of weeks.
Ms Danielle Welsh, owner of the cats, says she is “heartbroken” by the chain of events, and has urged the local community to respond to RSPCA Cymru’s search for information.
One cat – Smudge – returned home on 14 October appearing unwell. Emergency vets found toxins in the blood, believed to be linked to anti-freeze, and later died.
Sadly, only 12 days later, on 26 October, their other cat – Pip – returned home exhibiting similar symptoms, with anti-freeze poisoning sadly confirmed by vets. Pip had to be put to sleep due to the extent of his condition.
Danielle Welsh said: “We are heartbroken by the loss of Smudge and Pip. It’s so important people know and understand the dangers of anti-freeze.
“Hopefully information will come forward to RSPCA Cymru. We’re really eager to find out what happened to our two poor cats.”
It is unclear whether the poisonings were deliberate or a tragic accident, but RSPCA Cymru is “concerned” to learn of two such incidences in the same local area.
Anyone with any information linked to the incidents is urged to contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line, while the charity has also issued a reminder to cat owners as to the potential symptoms of a poisoning.
RSPCA chief inspector for South East Wales, Elaine Spence said: “Our thoughts are with Danielle and her family after the tragic loss of Smudge and Pip.
“We cannot be sure how this happened, or whether it was intentional or deliberate, but we are very concerned to learn of two suspected poisoning incidents linked to cats from the same household.
“If anyone has any information at all about how these two cats, from Glandwr Street in Abertillery, may have consumed anti-freeze, they are urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.
“We’re also urging cat owners in the area to be on alert, and know the symptoms of a potential poisoning. Vomiting, a depressed or sleepy demeanour, appearing drunk or uncoordinated, seizures, and breathing difficulties could all be signs. If a poisoning is feared, owners should remain calm, move the animal away from any suspected poisonous source, and contact a vet immediately.”
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