The RSPCA has been investigating after a cat was apparently thrown from the window of a high-rise flat.
The body of the ginger male, thought to be about five months old, was found next to the block of flats in Radford, Nottingham, on Thursday morning.
The RSPCA said the grisly discovery was made at about 9.10am by a caretaker who was working near the flats in Ash View.
He had passed the spot five minutes earlier and did not see anything but when he returned, the cat's body was there, a spokeswoman said.
The incident was immediately reported to the charity, but the cat had died from the impact.
It is thought he fell from a great height, as he had died immediately as a result of the impact, the RSPCA said.
Inspector Chris Shaw, who is investigating the incident, said: "There is a chance this could have been accidental.
"But if someone was keeping a cat in their flat you would have thought they would have put steps in place to prevent something like this from happening.
"Sadly it appears this probably was done deliberately - and, if so, this is such a cruel and horrific case of animal cruelty," he said. "I cannot even contemplate why someone would have done this, it's just truly horrible. It would have also been absolutely terrifying for the cat.
"We are investigating this and would appeal to anyone who has any information about this, no matter how small it may be, to contact our cruelty line on 0300 1234 999."