Posted: Tue 6th Oct 2015

Cat owners in Deeside are being urged to be cautious after a spate of suspected poisonings.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Oct 6th, 2015

RSPCA inspectors are investigating an incident in Shotton in which cat sadly died due to poisoning.

Cat owners in Deeside are being urged to be cautious after a spate of suspected poisonings.

RSPCA inspector Rachael Davies said a member of the public from Pippins Close, Shotton, contacted the charity after their vet confirmed their beloved pet had died from poisoning.

“I’ve spoken to the vet and they said this is a regular occurrence in the Deeside area. They don’t seem to be happening in one specific area, as they have been dotted around about all over Deeside, for example, Shotton, Connah’s Quay, Garden City.”

The RSPCA are also investigating another poisoning in Holyhead.

If anyone has any information about these incident or similar incidents in the area, they are urged to contact the RSPCA inspector information line on 0300 123 8018. Calls will be treated in confidence.

DCI Broadbent added: “We have no way of telling whether these sad incidents were a result of a deliberate act or because of poisonous substances not being safely stowed away, but what is concerning is that this has happened on several occasions and in several locations.

“We are appealing for information to try and find out how these suspected poisonings could have happened. We also would like to warn cat owners in both of the areas to take their cats to a vet immediately if they seem unwell.

“We would ask for everyone in the incident areas to check where they keep their pesticides and chemicals including antifreeze and make sure it is secure and out of the way of cats.

“People should check their cars for any leaks too. It is possible that people were simply unaware of the different chemicals and substances which can be poisonous to cats.”

Poisoning a cat deliberately is a criminal offence. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the maximum penalty for those found guilty of this offence is up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £20,000.

Some of the signs of poisoning are:
Vomiting
Seeming depressed/sleepy
Appearing drunk and uncoordinated
Seizures
Difficulty breathing

The most important advice for cat owners is:
Be extra vigilant
Check the health of cats regularly

Know the signs and symptoms of poisoning and seek veterinary help immediately should any be seen

The sooner the cat receives veterinary treatment, the better chances of survival

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