The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a spate of incidents in the Campbeltown area where one cat has died and several others have been injured or gone missing.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity is investigating a number of incidents where cats have suffered similar injuries to the base of the tail, including Scottish SPCA auxiliary inspector Enid McMurchy’s own cat.
Scottish SPCA auxiliary inspector Enid McMurchy said, “The injury to my cat, Tali, happened around October 19.
“Tali was a rescue kitten found under the bonnet of an abandoned car on a remote forestry road in Connel, Oban. I adopted her as my son got very attached to her.
“On January 20 this year another cat at the Sound of Kintyre was taken to the vet with the exact same injury. There were no other visible marks on either cat, apart from the tail being broken as if it had been violently pulled or trapped in something.
“Tali was extremely lucky as she recovered, but the other cat sadly had to be put to sleep due to the nerve damage it had suffered.
“There have been numerous cats with unexplained injuries in the local area. Some have gone missing and not been found. Others have been returned after their owners post on social media about them going missing.
“At present we don’t know if these incidents are linked but we are concerned about the similarity of the injuries the cats have sustained and the number of cats affected.
“We would advise cat owners in the area to be vigilant.
“Anyone in the area with any information should contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999. Information can be provided anonymously and will be treated in the strictest confidence.”