Somebody in a small Virginia town has been going around shaving cats without permission from the owners.
The scene of the missing feline fur is Waynesboro, a hamlet of about 21,000 souls in the Shenandoah Valley.
Since December, the cryptic kitty cutter has partially skinned seven cats — and possibly more — in the town’s Tree Streets Historic District, according to The Roanoke Times.
Waynesboro police captain Kelly Walker described the shaving in considerable detail. The cats have been pruned with some kind of razor on their bellies, around their groins and near the areas of their hind legs.
The shaved cats are all pets. They “are wearing collars and are well-groomed.”
Local residents — at least two of them — first reported their sheared cats to police last week.
“Collectively, this involves seven cats that are indoor and outdoor cats,” Walker told the Times.
The cat shaver does not appear to have hurt the cats in any way, Walker noted.
No witnesses have stepped forward to say they observed the cat-shaving events.
The police captain urged Waynesboro residents to call an information hotline immediately if they notice “someone bothering a cat that is not theirs,” according to the Roanoke newspaper.
An owner of one of the shaved cats spoke to Harrisonburg, Virginia ABC affiliate WHSV-TV.
“He was being really weird around people,” the distressed cat owner said. “And so we looked and he’s been shaved underneath.”
One theory police have is that the person shaving the cats could be inspecting them to find out if they are spayed or neutered.
The local cops also admit they aren’t totally sure if any crime has been committed.
One Waynesboro cat owner has taken to placing signs around the Trees Street neighborhood warning residents about the cat-shaving menace.
“Several neighborhood cats have been abducted and had their lower abdomens and groin areas shaved. This is very upsetting to the cats and their owners,” the signs read, according to Richmond CBS affiliate WTVR-TV.