A lit­tle worse for wear but in­jured cats still need your love and care

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

EV­ERY year around Lon­don thou­sands of pets, par­tic­u­larly cats be­come the vic­tims of road ac­ci­dents. Sadly all too of­ten this re­sults in the death of a beloved pet or at the very least a se­ri­ous in­jury. The rare, lucky few will get away with a few scrapes and scuffs and hope­fully a mem­ory that will keep them away from roads.

Those that are se­ri­ously in­jured will usu­ally re­cover but this will only be af­ter ex­ten­sive and some­times very ex­pen­sive vet­eri­nary care.

Allan Harper, branch man­ager at the RSPCA Mid­dle­sex North West Branch said: “The most typ­i­cal in­jury that we see in cats af­ter a road traf­fic crash (RTC) tends to be bro­ken limbs. This can some­times suc­cess­fully be sur­gi­cally ‘set’ but of­ten an am­pu­ta­tion of the af­fected limb is the op­tion ad­vised by the vet­eri­nary sur­geon.”

Allan went on to say “One of the best things you can do to pre­vent your pet be­com­ing a vic­tim of an RTC is to keep them in­side at night.”

At present we have two am­putees look­ing for that new home for life.

Rad, aged one, ar­rived in May. This cute lit­tle chap came to us in a ter­ri­ble state af­ter an RTC. He had a badly bro­ken leg and other mi­nor wounds from the col­li­sion. Un­for­tu­nately his leg was so badly bro­ken it had to be am­pu­tated. He was in­stantly more com­fort­able and nowa­days is a much hap­pier cat, easily get­ting to grips with skip­ping about on just three legs.

Rad is a lovely cat who is very friendly and look­ing for lov­ing home. We think he would be fine liv­ing with other cats and he must have a gar­den to pot­ter about in once set­tled.

Fri­day came into our care last De­cem­ber when she was found aban­doned by her pre­vi­ous own­ers when they moved and left her be­hind. When she ar­rived it was very clear she had a cou­ple of med­i­cal prob­lems. Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion we found that Fri­day had an old in­jury to one of her legs which had been bro­ken, most prob­a­bly in an RTC, and the limb healed at a very funny an­gle mak­ing her lame.

De­spite this been a long time ago she was re­ally strug­gling with it so we de­cided the best thing would be to am­pu­tate it.

Now hav­ing had time to re­cover from the op­er­a­tion Fri­day is a much hap­pier cat, she has ad­justed with ease to just three legs and gets around just fine. She is a very quiet but sweet lit­tle cat who would best be suited to a home with­out chil­dren and would love a place with a gar­den she can pot­ter about in.

If you think you could of­fer Rad or Fri­day a home then please call us on (020) 8966 9688 or email us at: info@ rsp­camid­dle­sex.org.uk. To view all the pets we have look­ing for new homes visit our web­site at: www.rspca-mid­dle­sex. org.uk

n IN­JURED: Rad was taken to the RSPCA af­ter a road ac­ci­dent. Fri­day, above right, was brought in by her pre­vi­ous own­ers and suf­fered a bro­ken leg

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