Heart­break af­ter two cats poi­soned


AGRAN whose two cats died af­ter drink­ing an­tifreeze has shared a heart­break­ing photo of the mo­ment she cra­dled her dy­ing pet.

Jac­que­line Latham’s cats Billy and Hope died with 12 hours of each other.

Billy, six, was taken to Wright Morten Vets af­ter he be­gan fit­ting in the mid­dle of the night, and Hope, who had un­usu­ally stayed out all night, was brought home by a neigh­bour who had found her in his gar­den un­able to walk.

She was rushed to Bond Street vets but sadly had to be eu­thanased.

Jac­que­line, 52, of Ea­ton Drive, on the Moss, said tests at the vets re­vealed they had their blood.

She said: “I’m heart­bro­ken. It’s af­fected my chil­dren and my grand­chil­dren, we have all lost some­thing we love.

“I have no idea where they got it. I don’t know if it was de­lib­er­ate, I don’t know why any­one would do it, but my neigh­bour pointed out that no­body an­tifreeze in them out. And there are all the other cats on the es­tate. The im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber is if your cat is sick or starts fit­ting, you need to get them to the vet as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Jac­que­line, who has four chil­dren and two grand­chil­dren, is urg­ing res­i­dents to en­sure any an­tifreeze spillages are cleaned up.

A spokesper­son from the RSPCA said: “We are con­cerned to hear that cats have died from sus­pected an­tifreeze poi­son­ings in the Ea­ton Road area of Mac­cles­field.

“We ad­vise cat own­ers in the area to keep an eye on their pets’ well­be­ing and if they are show­ing symp­toms of poi­son­ing, get them treat­ment im­me­di­ately.

“Signs of poi­son­ing can be seen any­thing from 30 min­utes af­ter a cat has in­gested the chem­i­cal, though it can be two or three days be­fore signs of kid­ney fail­ure are seen.

“The signs of poi­son­ing can in­clude vom­it­ing, seem­ing de­pressed or sleepy, ap­pear­ing drunk and un­co­or­di­nated, seizures, and dif­fi­culty breath­ing.

“If you sus­pect that your cat has been poi­soned you should take it to a vet im­me­di­ately. We’d also like to re­mind peo­ple to check where they keep their pes­ti­cides and chem­i­cals, in­clud­ing an­tifreeze, and make sure it is se­cure and out of the way of cats.”

A spokesman for Cheshire Po­lice said of­fi­cers are aware of re­ports be­ing made around cats dy­ing from an­tifreeze.

Any­one who may have any in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Cheshire Po­lice on 101.

Jac­que­line Latham with Billy

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