A cat is recovering in Northampton after it was subjected to a “horrendous” attack in which it was pinned down and cut on the head with a knife.
Spike, a six-year-old white-haired cat, needed emergency veterinary treatment to stitch up five deep wounds after it was deliberately cut with what an RSPCA inspector believes was a Stanley knife.
Spike’s owner, who did not wish to be named, said his pet had come in for lunch on Tuesday, May 6, and he noticed a spot of blood on the top of his head.
The owner, who lives in the Camp Hill area of the town, said: “Spike is quite a vocal cat and when he came into the kitchen he had a rip on his ear and I thought he had been in a fight with other cats. But when I looked more closely at his head, I saw a 5mm slash all the way into the cartilage.
“I am horrified and dismayed. I’ve been in the building trade a long time and I’ve cut myself with a Stanley knife so I can’t believe anyone would do that to a cat.
“He is a very friendly cat and would not harm anyone. I can’t understand why anyone would want to do this to an animal.”
RSPCA inspector Damian Woolliscroft, who is investigating the incident, said other pet owners in the Camp Hill area of Northampton should be vigilant as a couple of similar attacks on cats had also been reported.
He said:: “This was a quite horrendous, deliberate act. I don’t think there is any way this can be an accident judging by the way the cuts are angled.
“I would urge other pet owners to be vigilant as, if Spike wasn’t a white-haired cat, the cuts could have missed.”
If anyone has any information about the attack, they can call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.