Police are investigating a suspected shooting after a Canberra woman found her cat badly injured and covered in blood early Saturday morning.
Maddi Holz woke early on Saturday morning to find her hallway floor and walls covered in blood.
Later that morning she found her three-year-old cat Richmond, seriously injured at the side of the house.
"He just looked up and me and he was very clearly, very injured," he said.
Mrs Holz took Richmond straight to the vet where x-rays determined the elbow of his front left paw was badly damaged.
Richmond stayed at the vet for five days, but it was decided his leg would need to be amputated.
He returned home on Wednesday, and although he is still recovering from the ordeal, Ms Holz said he was doing well.
"He's been really resilient, he's trying to hop around and he's eating his food," she said.
"His leg is a bit wobbly and you can tell it's a bit difficult, but he's actually doing really well."
While Mrs Holz initially thought the damage could have been done by a car, the vet later told her "metal fragments" were found in his leg and the wound.
"The only time [the vet] had experienced injuries like that with a cat, was when they had been shot by something," Mrs Holz said.
"He couldn't be sure what he was shot with but they were metal fragments that were pulled out of him."
An ACT Policing spokesman said the investigation was in the early stages and evidence was being obtained to be forensically examined.
Anyone with information about the incident on February 13 is being urged to contact police.
Mrs Holz wanted to take find the culprit and take legal action, but said it was important to first understand what Richmond was shot with.
"For me it would be comforting and also worrying, to know what kind of weapon somebody has used so we can be aware somebody is out there with that weapon," she said.
"We live in suburbia, there's a school out the back of my house and another school close by.
"Right smack bang in the middle of suburbia I certainly didn't think something like that would happen."
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference P1903320. Information can be provided anonymously.