West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has been charged and pled guilty under the Animal Welfare Act (Picture: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

West Ham’s Kurt Zouma has pled guilty to kicking and slapping his cat.

A Snapchat video of the Premier League footballer drop-kicking his Bengal cat emerged in February 2022 – with another disturbing clip showing him slapping the animal’s face.

He has been charged on two counts under the Animal Welfare Act, and is currently on trial at Thames Magistrates Court.

Zouma’s younger brother Yoan, who filmed the clip, has also been charged and pled guilty to an offence.

Many will be wondering if the cat seen in the video is okay, and if Zouma’s cats are still in his care.

Here is what we know.

Does Kurt Zouma still have his cats?

No. It is currently believed that Kurt Zouma does not still have either of his two cats.

Zouma’s cats are now in the care of the RSPCA (Picture: Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

On February 9, 2022, West Ham said Zouma had ‘willingly complied with the steps taken in the initial stage of the process, including delivering his family’s two cats to the RSPCA for assessment’.

The club also fined him £250,000 – the maximum amount – and Zouma issued an apology.

He said: ‘I also want to say how deeply sorry I am to anyone who was upset by the video. I would like to assure everyone that our two cats are perfectly fine and healthy.

‘They are loved and cherished by our entire family, and this behaviour was an isolated incident that will not happen again.’

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RPSCA) assumed possession of the two cats after being made aware of the distressing clips.

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They said: ‘The two cats are now in RSPCA care. Our priority is and has always been the wellbeing of these cats. They’ve been taken for a check-up at a vets and then will remain in our care while the investigation continues.’

On March 16, it was revealed that criminal charges would be brought against Kurt and his brother.

Another statement from the RSPCA confirmed they were still looking after the cats, noting: ‘Following a full and thorough investigation, we have started the process of bringing prosecution proceedings against Kurt Zouma and Yoan Zouma under the Animal Welfare Act.

‘The two cats continue to be cared for by the RSPCA. We will be in a position to release more information once a court date is confirmed.’

Both cats are understood to be healthy and have not suffered physical injuries.

Both cats belonging to Kurt Zouma and family are believed to be in good health (Picture: Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

West Ham added in a statement: ‘It is our understanding that Kurt’s cats have been checked by a vet, are in good health and have suffered no physical injuries.’

What will happen to Kurt Zouma’s cats?

It is unclear at present what the future will hold for Kurt Zouma’s cats.

In the event of a conviction, the cats could be permanently confiscated and transferred to the RSPCA permanently – meaning they could find them new homes.

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On the RSPCA website, a page detailing the prosecution of animal cruelty cases explains: ‘In order to protect animals from future harm, our priority in many prosecution cases is for people who are convicted to be banned from keeping animals.

‘This can only happen if a conviction is secured and the court decides that such a ban is appropriate.’

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