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20 May 2016, 06:51
The RSPCA is investigating after it is thought cats have had hot water thrown at them in Alconbury.
A cat returned to his home in Coulson Way last month with serious burns and injuries that were consistent with having hot liquid thrown over him - he had fur missing and an open wound on his back as well as sores on his paws and legs.
The three-year-old Maine Coon's owner, Angie Robertson, said: "He had been missing for three days when he finally came home. There were chunks of flesh missing from his nose, his front paws were red raw and he had no front claws left.
"He had obviously been scratching to get out of somewhere.
"It was a few weeks later when his fur started to fall out and I noticed the scabs on his back."
He was taken to the vet who said the injuries had been caused by boiling water being poured over him.
RSPCA inspector Carrie O'Riordan said: "Jet had been missing for days before he came home with the nasty injuries.
"There was a similar incident this time last year and I'm concerned that someone is targeting these cats deliberately."
Ben, a two year old ragdoll, suffered similar injuries when he was scalded with boiling hot water.
The cat, who lived in the same road as Jet, was taken to the vet with injuries that his owners suspected had been caused by a fight with another cat. However, when his fur was shaved it uncovered a huge scab.
Inspector O'Riordan added: "It's very worrying to see a second cat from the same street come home with such awful injuries which look as though they've been caused by boiling water.
"I'd never seen something like this before and now I've seen it twice in a year - in the same road.
"Unfortunately, cats can be vulnerable to attacks because they are out exploring and wandering the neighbourhood, but there is never any excuse for causing such horrendous injuries to a cat - or any other animal."
Anyone with information is being asked to call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.