The RSPCA has received reports received reports the cats have died in and around Croft Close and warn that antifreeze poisoning could have been the cause.
RSPCA inspector Penny Baker, who is investigating the deaths, said: “We are extremely concerned to hear that cats are needlessly becoming ill and dying due to suspected poisoning.
“Sadly, we are hearing of more and more cases of cats becoming innocent victims.
“we welcome calls from anyone who has witnessed something suspicious in these areas or who has information which may help our inquires”
The main ingredient in antifreeze – ethylene glycol – is said to taste sweet to animals, and is appealing to cats and dogs.
Ethylene glycol has an immediate and a long term affect on the body and is rapidly absorbed and metabolised once consumed. The chemical is particularly dangerous to cats because of their smaller frames.
RSPCA officers are also appealing to residents to be careful when storing or handling antifreeze to prevent any accidental deaths. Inspector baker said: “we urge people to ensure that they store antifreeze and other poisonous substances safely and securely from ground level.
“if antifreeze is spilled, we ask people to please ensure it is cleared up, as it can prove lethal to animals”
Anyone who has any information on the deaths of the cats is asked to contact the RSPCA’s national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.
Source: Birmingham Mail