Published: 10:30, 23 March 2017 |
Updated: 11:10, 23 March 2017
Police have issued a warning to pet owners after at least four cats were poisoned in Tonbridge.
The animals all belonged to people living around Lambs Bank and several died after eating a toxic substance since March 11.
Owners are reminded not leave open containers of any hazardous or chemicals substances by their properties.
Sergeant Jo Mott said: There is no evidence at this stage to suggest that these cats may have been deliberately poisoned, however, we would urge owners to be vigilant about what their animals are drinking."
The RSPCA has also been notified of the issue and confirmed there had also been anecdotal reports of several other cats dying in the same area over recent months.
Laura Bryant, RSPCA inspector said: "We do not know for sure what is causing these deaths but it is concerning that there have been so many in such a short space of time.
"It seems likely given the symptoms that these deaths were caused by some kind of poisoning but we do not know from what, or whether it was deliberate or accidental.
"In the meantime we would ask for everyone in the area 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 car radiators for leaks too.
"Signs of poisoning can be seen anything from 30 minutes after a cat has ingested the chemical and can include one, or several of the following: vomiting, seeming depressed or sleepy, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, seizures, and difficulty breathing.'
Owners are asked to keep an eye on their cats’ wellbeing and if they are showing symptoms of poisoning get them veterinary treatment immediately.
Anyone with information should call Kent Police on 101, or contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.
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