The RSPCA is appealing for information after an eight-month-old bengal cat suffered multiple shot wounds to the legs, abdomen and chest near Banbury.
Mortimer’s owner Sonia Richardson lives in Great Bourton and discovered her cat barely able to walk on June 6. An x-ray confirmed he had suffered the wounds, and the shape of the multiple bullet fragments appeared to show they were not caused by an air gun.
Ms Richardson said: “When I first saw Mortimer I thought he had been in a fight or something. He couldn’t walk because he had no strength in his front leg so we thought he had broken it.
“Then we were told he had got his injuries from gunshot wounds, we were absolutely horrified. He is only eight months old and is a sweet chap. He only usually goes up and down the lane near our house and as only allowed out for two months because he is so young.
“We don’t want to think this was done maliciously but there are so many wounds.”
Kirsty Withnall, RSPCA inspector, said: “Poor Mortimer has had a terrible ordeal and I am pleased to hear he is recovering well. We don’t whether this was done deliberately but we would be keen to hear from any member of the public who has information about this shocking act of cruelty to ring us on 0300 123 499.”