Officers from Police Scotland are investigating an incident in the Marybank area of Stornoway in which a cat was shot by an airweapon.
Police in Stornoway say the cat survived the attack but the pellet is still within its body as it is in an area too dangerous to be removed at present.
The distinctive yellow coloured pellet in question is a .22 calibre Prometheus.
The incident was reported to police originally on Friday 21st September after the yellow 'skirt' of the pellet was removed by the vet. An x-ray was completed a few days later when the metal pellet was discovered.
Anyone with information is asked to telephone Stornoway Police Office on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference NH1890/18.