Cat’s death Safety warning after ‘anti-freeze squirted at family pet’
THIS picture shows the effect of a cat’s needless death due to someone squirting anti-freeze at him, his family say.
Ten-year-old Caitlin and her sister Emilie, eight, were with Harry in his final moments.
Their mother Lucy Webb, from Cheltenham, took their beloved pet to the vets last week when they discovered he was lethargic and off his food.
After further examination, it was noted the four-year-old cat had dots of residue on his neck and stomachwhich a vet at Cheltenham Animal Shelter said it looked like he had been squirted with anti-freeze.
The liquid, which is used in vehicles to stop the radiators from freezing or overheating, can cause kidney failure and death when ingested by cats.
Whoever sprayed it at Harry gave him a death sentence, Lucy said.
“It has just broken all of our hearts,” said the mum-of-two, who had to have Harry put to sleep on Tuesday.
“My girls have lost a lot in their young lives, my mum and dad passed away and they have been so upset.
“We were all on the floor with him when he went. The vet said he was poisoned by anti-freeze.
“The marks suggested someone had squirted it at him.”
Ms Webb first noticed something was wrong last Monday, when Harry was curled up in an old car seat in the garden.
She brought him inside while she went out, hoping he would perk up, but when she returned he was sleepy and fell over when she tried to get him on his feet.
Harry was taken to shelter where at first he responded to treatment, but then he went downhill.
His mouth was covered in abscesses and the only other procedure they could do would have been drawn outand not guaranteed to work.
“Our other cat Tilly, his mother, is pining for him,” said Ms Webb.
“I picked up his collar and the bell rang, she jumped up in the window and thought he had come back.
“The animals don’t understand where he has gone.
Harry’s death is the second in a week due to anti-freeze poisoning, as another cat was found gravely ill on Garnalls Road, Matson.
The animal was taken to Spa Vets in the city, but he began suffering seizures and died later that day. A spokesperson for the clinic told its followers on Facebook: “We are very sad to report that unfortunately, despite our best efforts, this poor boy didn’t make it.
“His condition was consistent with some sort of toxic exposure, possibly antifreeze. Cats like the taste and can lick where people have accidentally spilt it when refilling their car screen wash.”
The RSPCA says symptoms can include vomiting, a drunk-like uncoordinated state and breathing difficulties.
Signs can appear 30 minutes after ingestion. Most deaths are avoidable and people are advised to keep antifreeze containers safely locked away.
Caitlin, 10 and Emilie, eight, with their dying cat Harry