Pet health cover customers should be aware of the threat snares pose to cats and dogs, it has been suggested.

John Chisholm, of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was quoted by the BBC as saying these contraptions are a real danger.

“We have attended many incidents where domestic cats have been killed as a result of being caught in both legally and illegally set snares,” he explained.

His comments came in response to an incident in Kirkcaldy which saw a cat named Kizzy spend at least 24 hours caught in a home-made trap.

Suspended one foot off the ground, the two-year-old moggy suffered deep cuts – in which maggots had already begun to grow.

Owner Leeann Montgomery told the BBC how she heard her cat “shrieking for help” and ran to save him with her family.

She recounted how she cried and felt terrified the feline would die. It was feared the moggy would lose its leg but it is now recovering well after two days at the vet.

Last month, a cat named Fiz returned home after going missing for more than two weeks with part of a snare embedded in its leg.