Fam­ily pet dies of sus­pected poi­son­ing


Aotea res­i­dents in Porirua are con­cerned a poi­son­ing could be what killed Louie the cat.

Louie’s owner, 23-year-old Kelsey Seed, said the two-year-old tabby came in for din­ner at 5pm on Fe­bru­ary 27 but two hours later re­turned ‘‘with blood pour­ing from his nose’’.

By 8.30pm he was at an af­ter­hours vet and by 10pm the cat was gone.

‘‘As soon as I heard the news my knees buck­led,’’ Seed said.

‘‘The worst pain I’ve ever felt shot through me and I re­alised that the only thing I’ve had to help me through ev­ery­thing over the last two years was gone.

‘‘Mum and dad rushed me to the vet’s to say good­bye but it was too late. He had passed in the vet’s arms be­fore we ar­rived.

‘‘One very long and fi­nal cud­dle and my baby was gone.’’

The vet told the fam­ily that the level of poi­son in Louie’s body was more than dou­ble the amount that would have been found if he had ac­ci­den­tally con­sumed it.

‘‘It won’t nor­mally af­fect a cat if they eat some­thing al­ready poi­soned ap­par­ently, and it’s very un­com­mon for cats to eat that much un­less it’s hid­den in cat food as the pel­lets don’t taste amaz­ing to them.’’

‘‘I do think peo­ple in our com­mu­nity need to keep an eye out.

‘‘I per­son­ally think that it’s on pur­pose be­cause of the lev­els of poi­son found in Louie.’’

Dr Peter Whi­ley from Rap­paw Vet­eri­nary Care Pare­mata said the main clin­i­cal signs seen for rat poi­son­ing in par­tic­u­lar would be signs of haem­or­rhage in­clud­ing bruis­ing of skin eyes or ears, pale gums and weak­ness.

‘‘There can be bleed­ing gums, nose bleeds from both sides, blood in the urine or fae­ces , there can also be dif­fi­culty breath­ing if there is a haem­or­rhage in the lungs.’’

He had also checked with the vets at their Tawa clinic, and nei­ther had seen a spate of po­ten­tially poi­soned cats. ‘‘How­ever, an­i­mals could have died and been buried, say, and we would not nec­es­sar­ily know about these ones.’’

A Porirua City Coun­cil spokes­woman said the coun­cil had not had any com­plaints about cats be­ing poi­soned, and it had not put out any bait. ‘‘We checked with the Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil who only use toxin in a pel­let form, which is ce­real-based, that is not at­trac­tive to cats,’’ she said.

‘‘At all their op­er­a­tional sites the pel­lets are placed within bait sta­tions, so it’s most un­likely for a cat to have been poi­soned by that.’’

The level of poi­son in Louie’s body was more than dou­ble the amount that would have been found if the cat had ac­ci­den­tally con­sumed it.

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