Owner is­sues warn­ing af­ter cat’s trap or­deal

Moggy spends night snared in de­vice pos­si­bly in­tended for fox

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Up For Awards - By Vicky Cas­tle

A cat had a lucky es­cape af­ter he was caught in a bru­tal trap but man­aged to drag him­self home.

Whisky, a 15-year-old ginger moggy from Boughton Lees, crawled down his road be­fore get­ting stuck in his cat flap, with the sav­age con­trap­tion still hooked to his leg.

His owner, who asked not to be named, has now is­sued a warn­ing to an­i­mal own­ers in a bid to pre­vent any other pets suf­fer­ing.

She said: “I found him stuck in the cat flap at 7.30am and he had prob­a­bly been there all night.

“I was so pan­icked when I saw him. It was quite hard to get the trap off but I did and then I took him straight to the vets.

“If he hadn’t man­aged to drag him­self home to get help, he would prob­a­bly have just died.

“He must have got caught up in the trap some­where near our house be­cause he never goes very far from home.

“The trap is very big and looks like it must be for a fox or some- thing. It’s much too large to be a mouse trap.”

Whisky was found on Satur­day morn­ing stuck in the cat flap with the 12-inch trap clamped to his leg.

He was taken to the vets straight away, where he was put on a cock­tail of anti-in­flam­ma­to­ries and painkillers.

Luck­ily, his in­juries were not life-threat­en­ing and he is ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery, but his owner be­lieves peo­ple should be aware of the dan­gers of such traps.

She added: “There are chil­dren who play down this road and lots of peo­ple have pets, so it’s re­ally dan­ger­ous.

“It needs to be ad­dressed. Not only did I get a hefty vets’ bill, but I had to see my poor an­i­mal in pain.

“Now I worry ev­ery time he goes out that the same thing might hap­pen again.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate we live in the coun­try­side but there are a lot of do­mes­tic an­i­mals around here.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

Whisky the cat is re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing caught in the trap shown right

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