Across Ireland fears of a 'catnapper' are growing as 90 cats have reportedly gone missing over a two month period.
Pets over the generations have become so much more than just playthings that we kept around to entertain us... They became part of our family.
Reports suggest that the catnapping began in Newry and Belfast, but now it appears to be moving to Dublin.
A pet shop called "Pet Connection" has been tracking the disappearances, with worker Emma O'Hare saying "something malicious" is going on.
A few months ago Wildlife Planet reported on a story coming out of Australia and another out of the United States, about a string of cats gone missing. Eventually, that culprit was using poison to kill the cats and then burying the remains.
The motive for the crime was the person believed there were too many cats and they were annoying.
Another story we followed was about a series of missing cats that had been stolen for dog fighting. The missing cats in Ireland may have a similar motive behind it or another similar cruel activity.
The one fact that we do know is that at last count 90 cats were stolen and the authorities still have very little information to go on.
"It is unlikely they are being sold on as they are not pedigree cats being taken, many of these cats were rescued by their owners as kittens.
Tracing the missing cats back it seems this started in September and ground zero seems to be Newry.
Pet Connection has launched a map to show the various areas that the cats are being taken and also has a Facebook group set up.
Pet Connection worker Emma O'Hare said "The more people that know about our Facebook page, the more people can contact us and let us know that their cats are gone missing.
"We are asking people to look at our map and if it seems that there is even one cat missing nearby to keep your cat inside until we figure out what is going on."
You can view the map here.