A QUIET, picturesque village is currently caught up in a mystery as beloved pets keep disappearing. Residents in Burpham are at a loss as to why so many of their cats have vanished in the last year. Victoria Holland, 56, said: “They can’t just disappear into thin air, but that is how it feels.” So far, at least six cats have gone missing in the last year, with only one returning some months later.
Victoria, who works as an architect, added: “If you are in a town, you think they might get run over.” Here there is nowhere that they can have been shut in and there are very few cars.
“It is such a small community that if anyone found a cat that had been injured, everyone would know about it.”
She has had two cats vanish in the last year -- Beatrice last autumn, and Beatrice’s daughter, Loki, in May. Lucy Brett, an art fundraiser who also lives in Burpham, last saw her cat Gus in early July.
She said: “Gus is very talkative, he meows the whole time. You can hear him coming from miles away.”
Lucy said Gus’s twin brother Gordon has been upset since he went missing. She added: “You think about all the horrible things that could have happened to them, getting poisoned or caught in traps.