“The shooter must have been standing very close for the pellets to have gone so deep,” said vet Andrew Blockley to the local Hallands Nyheter daily.
Kitty dragged herself injured and bloody to the family home in Traneberg in Varberg on Saturday.
Everyone presumed that she had got herself embroiled in a fight with a dog and had been bitten, including the vet at Halland animal hospital in Slöinge – until three air gun pellets were found on her person.
One had penetrated her nasal shaft, one was lodged just under her eye and a third in the midriff. On closer inspection, evidence was uncovered revealing a total of nine shots.
The cat is presumed to have been caught and detained as an air rifle has to be reloaded after every round.
“If the cat was shot at nine times it must clearly have been prevented from running away,” Blockley told the newspaper.
Kitty was operated on on Monday and is expected to make a full recovery.
The police have opened an investigation into a suspected case of cruelty to animals.