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Who would be so wicked to poison cats?
A CAT owner has been left heartbroken after two of her pets were killed in what she fears was an “evil” bid to keep them out of private gardens.
Alison Walters, of Kidderminster, had to have her cats Bailey, aged 1, and Spider Cat, 4, put down after they were both poisoned with anti-freeze, on the same night.
She now wants to warn other pet owners of her fears that cats are being targeted in the Comberton area.
Miss Walters, of Doverdale Avenue, told The Shuttle how Spider Cat was left “crying out in pain” after its kidney failed from swallowing the fluid, while Bailey was unable to stand.
She first noticed something was wrong when she woke up on August 9 to find them unsteady on their feet.
“They were wobbling all over the place,” Miss Walters said. “Bailey was worse than Spider Cat and had no co-ordination whatsoever. It was awful.”
The cats were rushed to the vets where it was confirmed they had anti-freeze poisoning and their condition deteriorated.
“It’s just horrendous,” said Miss Walters. “I’m heartbroken.
Nobody is using anti-freeze in August. It must be that somebody has done it on purpose.
“It’s terrible that somebody can do that to cats. If people don’t want cats in their garden, they don’t have to poison them.
“I’m dumbfounded that somebody could do it – they’re evil. They think they’ve got every right to kill a poor defenceless animal.”
Cats are attracted to the sweet taste of anti-freeze – commonly used to keep water in car radiators from freezing – but the smallest amount can lead to kidney failure and death in the animals.
Miss Walters said she had reported the incident to the RSPCA.
“We want people to be aware of what’s going on,” she added.
“There are a lot of cats around here. I don’t know what the thinking is behind it. It’s just a cruel horrible thing to do.”