Close shave for Stevenage cat Finn after he comes home with bald patches

Jai Daniels-Freestone with Finn the cat

Jai Daniels-Freestone with Finn the cat - Credit: Archant

A worried Stevenage cat owner is warning other people to keep a close eye on their pets after her cat went missing – and then reappeared with bald patches.

Finn the cat

Finn the cat - Credit: Archant

Finn, who is 10 months old, came home on Friday with patches of fur missing, and owner Jai Daniels-Freestone believes they were made deliberately.

The 36-year-old, who lives with husband Mark and their two children in Webb Rise, told the Comet: “It looks like he has been shaved.

“It is really even and looks like it has been done with clippers so I don’t think he has just caught himself somewhere.

“I think it is really disturbing and I don’t understand why anyone would do that to a cat.

“I am extremely worried and absolutely shocked.

“I just want to warn people because if someone did this to my cat, what could they do to someone else’s pet?”

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Finn is black and white and the family have two other cats Megan, 12, and Charlie, who is 14.

Jai told the Comet nothing like this has ever happened in the neighbourhood before, as far as she is aware.

She added: “It was the first time Finn had been out since he had been spayed and he won’t be going out again until his fur has grown back.

“But I can’t keep him inside forever, I will have to open the windows in summer and I am worried about what will happen to him then.”

Jai said she had alerted both Herts police and the RSPCA in case anyone else reported a similar incident. Herts police said: “Police received a call on Saturday morning from a woman reporting that her cat appeared to have been shaved in several places. We are not currently investigating the incident.”

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