Owner issues warning after cat is believed to have been stabbed in Chatteris
A Chatteris pet owner is warning others to be on their guard after his cat was potentially shot at or stabbed.
Three-year-old Charlie the Norwegian Forest/Ragdoll cat returned home on Tuesday with a limp and when owner Nigel Syrett checked him out he discovered a puncture wound.
On Wednesday Charlie was taken to Trio Vets in Chatteris where the full horror of his wounds were discovered and it was found he had not one, but three puncture wounds.
X-rays and examination failed to fully explain the injuries but Nigel said the Vet is 90 per cent certain they were caused either by air rifle pellets or by a blunt instrument - possibly something like a pitchfork.
Nigel, who is currently living with his family at his in-laws in the Eastwood area of Chatteris while they have a house built in March, said: "It is hard for the vet to be 100 per cent certain because there is no evidence left to prove exactly what happened. But he is pretty sure the injuries were caused deliberately, and I'm sure he would not be saying that unless he was convinced he was right.
"He suggested I report the injuries to the police, which I have done, but I also want to warn other cat owners that we potentially have someone out there hurting cats. I know there was another cat shot with an air rifle recently, there was evidence to show that was what happened as the pellets were still in the poor cat.
"However, Charlie's wounds look like they are through and through, so there is no pellet to show that's what happened to him, but equally there is no evidence to show he was stabbed with something either, but that is what we believe happened to him.
"We have only recently moved here from the other end of town and Charlie and his brother Arthur have only just started to go out. The first time Arthur went out he disappeared for four hours and returned covered in grease, and then Charlie returns injured, which makes you wonder what has gone on.
"But I could speculate for days and not get the answer, so all I want to do is warn other people to be on their guard and to ask if anyone has any information about what happened to Charlie to contact the police."
A police spokesperson said: "At just after 8.30am on March 17, we were called about a cat being stabbed in Eastwood, Chatteris.
"The incident is believed to have taken place between 6pm on Tuesday, March 15 and 12pm the following day (March 16).
"An investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing."
The spokesperson added that anybody with information can make an online report (https://www.cambs.police.uk/) or phone 101, quoting crime reference 35/18803/22.