Police in Wairarapa are asking for anyone with information about a cat shooting to come forward.
Miss Lucy, a ginger Cornish Rex, arrived home at about 10.10pm last night with gunshot wounds to her abdomen.
She underwent surgery at Vet Services in Masterton this morning after x-rays showed bullet fragments in both her front and rear legs.
"The bullet tore through muscle and there are a number of bullet fragments remaining," Senior Sergeant Jennifer Hansen said.
Miss Lucy is expected to take weeks to recover.