OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARSPCA Cymru is searching for the owner of a very thin and lethargic cat who was rescued in the Porth area of South Wales.

Officers from the charity came to the aid of the cat, who was found to be very thin, lethargic and flea-ridden after a member of the public spotted the troubled puss on Henllys in the town on Wednesday (10 June).

The neutered, male cat was microchipped – however the details are not up-to-date, so the RSPCA is unable to make contact with the owner. The chip had been registered to an address in Tonyrefail.

An animal welfare officer from the RSPCA said the case “highlights the immense importance of keeping identification details up-to-date”.

The charity has now launched an appeal for information in the hope of tracing the owner – with anyone with information urged to contact their inspectorate appeal line.

Sian Burton, RSPCA animal welfare officer, said: “This cat was found very thin, lethargic and covered in fleas – but is now doing better in our care.

“It is possible the cat has been straying for some while, given his condition – and our investigations suggest local residents had been feeding the cat for a number of months. We are worried he has become separated from his owners and he can’t find his way home.

“We found a microchip on him, but sadly the details seem to be very out-of-date. Had they been correct, we could have immediately returned the cat home – so this case highlights the immense importance of keeping identification details up-to-date.

“Anyone with information about where this cat may have come from is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line as soon as they can on 0300 123 8018.”

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