A woman from Port Isaac has offered a cash reward for anyone with information after her cat was shot with an air rifle.
Chewy was given a 50-50 chance of survival after the pellet punctured his intestine.
His owner, Daisy Thomas, said "we had to say our goodbyes to him which was really heart-breaking. It was quite touch and go with Chewy a few times we thought this is it, he's not going to pull through it."
Last year the RSPCA received 890 reports of air gun attacks against animals. Domestic cats were the most targeted animal and the charity fear that figure could rise this year.
"It is difficult to understand how anyone could carry out these mindless attacks on innocent animals and we are backing calls for stricter regulations around owning an airgun," the RSPCA said.
Daisy, who works as an auxiliary nurse in Exeter, is now offering a cash reward for anyone with information about the incident.
"I just hope the person who has done it will never do it again. The heartbreak they've caused and the hurt it's not worth it for a moment of cruelty, he's not a nuisance, he's a lovely cat."
Chewy who loves being out and about is now stuck inside for 5 weeks to prevent any infection. But his vets are confident he'll make a full recovery.