An appeal for information has been launched by the RSPCA, following reports of two fatal anti-freeze cat poisonings in Tonypandy.
The charity has been alerted after two cats, from the Zion Terrace area of the town, had to be put to sleep on independent veterinary advice, having consumed anti-freeze.
Cat owners in the Tonypandy area have also been urged to be vigilant, understand the symptoms of poisoning, and what action they should take if the worst is feared.
George, a ginger cat, returned to the Zion Terrace property staggering, while Grace, who was a lighter ginger and grey colour, became very ill, with poisoning later confirmed by vets.
The incidents took place on 14 August and 20 August, respectively.
RSPCA chief inspector Elaine Spence said:
“RSPCA Cymru is saddened to have received reports concerning the death of two cats in the same week due to anti-freeze poisoning, on Zion Terrace in Tonypandy.
“We cannot be sure if these incidences were intentional or deliberate, but two separate poisonings on the same street is very much a cause for concern.
“Anyone in or around the Tonypandy area with relevant information is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018, with all calls treated in confidence.
“Signs of poisoning can include a cat vomiting, seeming depressed or sleepy, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, seizures, and breathing difficulties.
“It’s vital local cat owners are vigilant at this time. If poisoning is feared, the owner should remain calm, move the animal away from any suspected poisonous source, and immediately contact a vet.”
Laurie Semmens, owner of the two cats, said:
“We’re absolutely devastated by this, and we’d like to know how this happened. We hope someone comes forward to the RSPCA’s appeal for information.”