The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a cat was discovered covered in blood and crying in the Fintry area of Dundee on 17 January.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted after the owner of the cat found him shaved down his front and back legs, belly and back.
Inspector Clare Anderson said: “The slender tabby cat went out on January 16 and didn’t return that night.
“The owner then found the feline at the back of flats covered in blood, very frightened and stressed out having been shaved and even cut.
“The owner has made us aware of previous incidents of this happening but the cat has never been cut before.
“This is extremely worrying and whoever has done this has taken advantage of the cat’s friendly nature.
“Like many cats, he gets distressed staying indoors so we are warning cat owners in the area to stay aware.
Inspector Anderson added: “We want to remind the public that it is illegal to cause an animal to suffer unnecessarily.
“We are appealing for anyone who has any information or noticed any suspicious activity to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.