The RSPCA is appealing for information after 10 cats have reportedly gone missing in Kidsgrove in one week.
Owners living in or around Everest Road reported them going missing in the first week of October.
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “This is a strange case and it is a large amount of cats to have gone missing in a week. We are concerned and we do urge anyone who has any information about what may be happening to come forward and call us on 0300 123 8018.
“It is heartbreaking for people when the pets they love like members of their family go missing and it would be natural for cat-owners to feel worried, however we’d like to reassure people that it is an unusual situation for so many to go missing from one area.
“Cats can be keen explorers, so the RSPCA would always recommend microchipping so that they can be returned to their owners as quickly as possible if they do get lost. In male cats, neutering can reduce the tendency for them to roam too.”