A distraught cat owner, whose two beloved pet Bengal cats have disappeared, has said she wants other pet owners to be aware.
Sadie Baron lost the two valuable pedigree family pets from her home in Thelveton, one going missing in April and the other a few weeks ago.
She said: “We really feel that they have been taken. When I reported it to the microchip company, they said they were seeing a lot of this sort of thing.
“I have heard stories of similar things happening to other people, and I would just say to other cat owners to stay aware.”
The Baron family bought 11-month-old Bentley as a kitten from Denton last November, at the same time rehoming two-year-old Ice from the same local breeder.
“We lost Ice on April 7. We thought maybe she had run away. We just couldn’t find her. Bentley was beside himself, so we rehomed Willow, a two-year-old who is part- Bengal, from Colchester, to give him company. But then Bentley disappeared on September 3.
“I think it’s a bit extraordinary to lose two cats and for them to disappear without trace. I completely accept cats get run over or that they wander away, but these cats just didn’t go wandering. They weren’t big rangers and Bentley was such a house cat.”
Ms Baron said she reported both losses to the vets and microchip company, as well as carrying out a poster and Facebook campaign and hunting the lanes locally. She has also reported Bentley’s disappearance to police.
“These are high value cats, worth around £400 to £500 each, but they are family pets,” Ms Baron said.
“Bentley had a huge personality and was like my third child.”
Bentley is described as looking like a mini leopard, while Ice is lighter in colour and similar to the cat in the Whiskas advert.
Anyone with information, please call Ms Baron on 01379 742778.