A Pocklington cat, named Bumble, returned home with a snare tightened around his neck and is believed to have chewed through the twine to break free.
Now the RSPCA is appealing for witnesses of anyone with any information to come forward.
Bumble had a lucky escape and managed to returned to his home to Algarth Rise, Pocklington, at about 10pm on Thursday November 17 having chewed through the twine.
The snare was made from orange baling twine which was wrapped tightly around his neck.
RSPCA inspector Claire Mitchell said: “A snare is a noose which is attached to a stake or heavy object that acts as an anchor.
“Sadly, snares are usually set to catch a fox or rabbit, but victims of these indiscriminate traps can include any animal really, including badgers and pet animals like dogs or cats.
“Bumble had a very lucky escape here.
“I’m appealing for anyone with any information about who might have set this snare to get in touch, and want to warn pet owners to be vigilant.”
The RSPCA is opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all snares and any traps which cause suffering.
Anyone found guilty of illegally setting a snare faces a maximum £5000 fine and/or six months in prison.
Inspector Mitchell added: “These are horrible devices and when pets fall victim to contraptions like this it is devastating for their owners.
“I would urge the person who is setting these traps for whatever reason to reconsider their actions.”
Anyone with any information can call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for inspector Mitchell.