Published: Oct 31, 2012 6:44 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Animal Control Officers are working to determine how a kitten ended up with severe burns.

The cat was found in distress following a small brushfire in Lehigh Acres.

The kitten's whiskers were burned off and the fur down her back is singed.  The cat's ears are also badly swollen, with the skin sloughing off.

Reports indicate officers are looking into the possibility that the fire was intentionally set, and neighbors are also suspicious.

"Someone did it, and thank God the cat's still alive," homeowner Destiny Dimas said.

The cat, which was not microchipped is being called Paisley.  Veterinarians say she should recover over the next few weeks, at which point she'll be put up for adoption.

In the meantime, Domestic Animal Services of Lee County is looking for any possible witnesses.

"We don't know if this was intentional abuse, because we don't know how the fire started," spokeswoman Ria Brown said.