Michelle Pendlebury was shocked and disgusted when her five-year-old pet Charlie came home with the skin above and below her left eye ripped off.
Miss Pendlebury, 25, took her straight to the vets where Charlie was kept in overnight before undergoing surgery but her eye was so badly damaged it had to be removed.
Now police and RSPCA officers are looking for the culprits and are appealing for information.
“Charlie doesn’t usually wander away for too long but she had been missing for a few days and when she came home, I was just so shocked at what I saw,” said Miss Pendlebury, from Swinton, near Rotherham.
“Her eye was nearly falling out and there was superglue on her tail. It was obvious what had happened. The vets did what they could but Charlie’s eye was in an awful state and they couldn’t save it.
“I’m so upset because she must have suffered terribly but I’m also fuming. I want to find out who’s done this and stop it happening again.
“I can’t believe anyone could be so cruel to a defenceless animal. Charlie is such a friendly cat. Whoever did this is sick, they’re not even human.”
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: “We have been made aware of this incident and we are looking into it and have been liaising with the police.
“This is an appalling thing to do to an animal which would have been in extreme pain and we desperately want help to find whoever was responsible.
“We would urge anyone with any information to call the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 1234 999.”