People living in Forest View, Woodville Road and surrounding streets in Overseal said they were becoming ‘increasingly concerned’ about the number of cats that have vanished.
The pet owners say that ‘at the very least’ six cats have gone missing in the area in recent weeks.
Warning posters have now been displayed in and around the village urging people to be extra vigilant and some owners are even offering cash rewards for their felines to be returned.
Overseal resident Natasha Yates told the Mail:
“There has been a suspicious amount of cats disappearing over the past few weeks. I personally know of at least six, one of which is my own cat, and I have spoken to other residents whose cats have also gone missing.
Ms Yates, whose cat disappeared several weeks ago, added: “It is of great concern to me as my cat seems to have disappeared without a trace.
In 2006, more than 12 cats were reported missing from the same area in Overseal and last year the Mail reported how two cats were battered and left to die in Newhall.
In 2009, the decapitated body of a cat was found in a garden in Castle Gresley and only months later an appeal was launched in the Mail after it was claimed that someone was deliberately feeding cats antifreeze.
The Mail also previously reported how cat lovers in Midway were warned to keep an eye on their cats after six were killed in one month.
Anyone with concerns about missing cats can contact Derbyshire Police on 0345 123 3333.
Source: Burton Mail