Warning after cat blasted with air rifle

A CONCERNED cat lover is warning other pet owners to be on their guard after her treasured feline was shot with what is believed to have been an air rifle.

Jane Strowder contacted police when vets discovered a pellet lodged in the shoulder of seven-year-old Purdy.

Ms Strowder, of The Plantation, Aldeburgh, found a lump on her beloved pet around three weeks ago.

However, she became concerned last Friday when the black and white short haired cat started looking unwell and she took her to the vets in nearby Leiston. Ms Strowder said: “I’d noticed that in the past few weeks she was looking a bit poorly and losing weight.

“As I stroked her I kept feeling this lump. There were never any others signs. She didn’t come in bleeding or anything like that.

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“That’s why I’m so concerned – I just want to warn other people that this is happening and get them to check their cats regularly.

“I took her to the vets so they could have a look at her and they told me she had been shot at. Fortunately the pellet wasn’t deep inside so they could lance it out.

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“It’s such a shock to think someone could have done that. It’s terrible. She is a very friendly cat and doesn’t venture very far. It’s very sad.”

Ms Strowder, 48, who also owns Purdy’s brother, Felix, said the cat was now recovering at home.

“She seems to be doing fine,” she said. “However, I try to keep them in as much as I can at the moment.

“It’s very worrying. A couple more inches and it could have gone into her eye or head.”

Police are appealing for information about the incident, which is believed to have happened between Wednesday, May 12 and Friday, June 11.

Anyone who might be able to help is asked to contact officers on 01986 835300.

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