Life not too Peachy for this res­cued cat

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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 info@rsp­camid­dle­

“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.”

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