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By Ian Dipple Monday 24 March 2014 Updated: 24/03 16:59
PET OWNERS have been urged to be on their guard after two cats died from suspected antifreeze poisoning.
The RSPCA say they do not yet know if the death of the two black and white cats was deliberately caused or accidental. They were found to be unwell last Thursday (March 20) morning by their owner in the
Paddock Lane area of Oakenshaw.
The cats, both brothers and just one-year-old, were taken to the vets but nothing could be done to help them and they had to be put to sleep.
Deliberately poisoning a cat is a criminal offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and can lead to up to six months in prison and/or a fine of up to £20,000.
RSPCA inspector Mark Lewis urged pet owners to keep an eye on their pets and ensure any antifreeze was securely stored.
"Cats only need a fingernail of antifreeze in their system to feel suffer from kidney failure and even death," he said.
"Anti-freeze can come from leaky car radiators or even from water features in people’s gardens. At this stage we do not know if this is an accidental incident or deliberate but in the meantime we would ask for everyone in the area to check where they keep their anti-freeze and make sure it is secure and out of the way of cats."
Signs of antifreeze poisoning include vomiting, seeming depressed or sleepy, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, seizures, difficulty breathing, increased thirst and urination. They can be see from 30 minutes after a cat has taken the chemical though it can be two to three days before signs of kidney failure can be seen.
Anyone who suspects their cat has been poisoned should take it to a vet immediately and if possible a sample of what the cat has eaten or drunk.
Anyone with any information about suspected antifreeze poisonings should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
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