Anti-freeze kills fam­ily pets

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Two Farm­ers Rd res­i­dents are look­ing for an­swers af­ter three of their cats died from anti-freeze poi­son­ing within two weeks.

Ear­lier this month, boarder Emily Jones came home to find her 6-month-old cat Hammy in what seemed like a drunken state.

‘‘He was re­ally lethar­gic and wob­bly on his feet – it was like he was drunk,” Miss Jones said.

‘‘We rang the vet and he was in­trigued and wanted to take him in overnight.”

Later that night, her younger cat Whylie started to show sim­i­lar symp­toms, she said.

‘‘He went to run for the stairs and it was like his legs wouldn’t work. ‘‘I just burst into tears.” She took Whylie to the vet, where all of his vi­tal signs ap­peared nor­mal, and left him there overnight.

Fol­low­ing the vet’s ad­vice, Miss Jones spent the next morn­ing ask­ing neigh­bours if there were any chem­i­cals around the have got­ten into.

Af­ter neigh­bours as­sured they hadn’t seen any­thing, called the vet to check in. Whylie was dead. ‘‘I couldn’t stop cry­ing,” Miss Jones said.

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An au­topsy and blood tests con­firmed that both Whylie and Hammy had been ex­posed to the poi­son anti-freeze.

Miss Jones had to make the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to put Hammy down.

A week later, Amy Martin – who lives at the same ad­dress – started to get con­cerned when her 7-year-old cat Fur­ball stopped eat­ing.

“We thought he might have had the flu be­cause he had been sneez­ing,” Ms Martin said.

“We took him to the

vet and straight away he could tell it was chronic kid­ney fail­ure – it was the same thing as the other cats.

“We had to put him down on my 5-year-old son’s birthday.”

Ms Martin said they had searched their en­tire prop­erty for anti-freeze, in­clud­ing un­der the house and they came up with noth­ing.

“We just moved in six weeks ago and we’re so up­set – we can’t see any­where where they could have con­tracted it on their own.

“If some­one is do­ing this, if it’s ma­li­cious, we want them to stop do­ing it be­cause these are fam­ily pets.

“We have young kids liv­ing here, and we don’t want them get­ting into any­thing.”

Miss Jones still has one cat, Knuck­les, and said she would be send­ing him to live with her boyfriend. “I can’t have him liv­ing here when we don’t know where this is com­ing from.”

The in­ci­dent has been re­ported to Mata­mata Po­lice and Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk con­firmed they were mak­ing in­quiries.

Bud­dies: Emily Jones’ cat Knuck­les with his two mates Whylie and Hammy, who both died of anti-freeze poi­son­ing.

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