A "malicious" attacker has cut off a cat's whiskers after a string of "attempted poisonings".

The shocking incident happened in Bridgwater, Somerset, on Thursday night, where the owner of moggy Tink was left horrified to find she had been attacked, Somerset Live reports.

It is not the first time that cats have allegedly been targeted in the area, with attempts having been made to poison pets using anti-freeze in the past according to locals.

Tink's owner, who wished to be known by her first name Michelle, said: "I've got five cats. I usually let them out during the day and keep them in at night.

The owner of Tink has warned other cat owners to be careful

"They're genuinely quite good at coming in. Tink, the one that was affected, just came in and I looked at her again and just realised her whiskers were no longer there.

“The eyebrow ones are still there and there’s no singeing of the fur so somebody’s been cutting them.

"It looks like they have been cut, I’ve double-checked and they couldn’t have been singed. They look clean cut.”

Michelle is urging people in the area to keep the pets indoors at night to prevent them falling victim to similar attacks.

She added: "I posted on Facebook for awareness around here. We lost a kitten a couple of years ago that got ran over because people drive like idiots around here.

“In the past, we’ve had people poison cats with antifreeze, and I’ve decided I’m not having any more of this.”

“I just want people to be aware in case there is malicious behaviour, to keep your cats in at night.”