Life not too Peachy for this rescued cat
IT is not unusual for us to treat cats with collar injuries, where their collar has been able to slip from the normal position, usually allowing them to get one of their front legs stuck through it.
This means that when the cat walks the collar will then rub into the softer flesh of the armpit and with time can cause the cat to have a deep wound, which is what happened to little Peachy.
One of our volunteer fosterers, Sarah Peach, who cares for RSPCA cats until we find them a forever home, saw Peachy in her garden in Kenton.
Even with help from RSPCA Middlesex North West, it took three days until Peachy was finally trapped.
“We had to cut through the rotting collar that had, over several weeks, dug deep into her flesh leaving a gaping, grizzly wound oozing with smelly pus. It looked incredibly painful, and if left much longer could have been fatal,” animal welfare officer Cheryl O’Keeffe said.
Thanks to RSPCA Middlesex North West, Peachy is getting the treatment she needs.
As she was wearing a collar, Peachy was clearly someone’s pet, but as she wasn’t microchipped we have no way of tracing her owners.
Peachy will be ready to find a new home in a few weeks’ time if her owners don’t come forward.
If you would like to adopt Peachy, please call 020 8966 9688, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“It’s heartbreaking to see injuries like this because these injuries are completely preventable”, said Cheryl.
“There are some really simple steps cat owners can take to prevent these kind of injuries”:
Always ensure that your cat's collar is correctly fitted.
Ideally, the collar should be tight enough to stop it getting caught, but still allow you to get two fingers underneath to ensure it is not too tight, making it uncomfortable for your pet. Collars should be regularly checked to make sure they have not become too small because as your cat grows so should his collar.
There are many types of collar available to buy, but the most suitable is the ‘quick release’ collar.
“We would recommend a quick release collar”, said Cheryl.
“These types of collars have a clip that will release if it is pulled hard, allowing cats to break free if they become trapped.”
If the collar you are using is for identification only then it would be worthwhile considering microchipping your cat instead.
“Please get your cat microchipped,” says Cheryl. “If your cat becomes injured or lost, it’s the only way to ensure you’ll be reunited with her again.”