Mys­tery over in­juries to pet cat in Tar­bert

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Laura Maxwell ed­i­[email protected]­gyll­shiread­ver­

Tar­bert has been shaken by mys­tery in­juries to a pet cat.

Archimedes, or ‘The Wee Cat’ to her friends in East­field and Hill­foot, was found with an in­jured hind leg when her owner Brian Quin­lan came back from hol­i­day.

She was taken to Dal­ri­ada Vet­eri­nary Surgery in Lochgilp­head on Mon­day Novem­ber 26 af­ter hid­ing in the house for a day, vis­i­bly shaken.

Vet Jus­tine Armstrong iden­ti­fied a dis­lo­cated hip that had to be re­paired, lead­ing her to be­lieve the in­jury hap­pened about a week ear­lier. Since Archimedes had no other in­juries, what hap­pened to her is still in ques­tion. Cats are known to dig in their nails when they are hit by a car, but since Archimedes’s claws were un­touched, that was ruled out.

A cat fight was also deemed un­likely due to a lack of other scratches and the idea that her in­juries seemed to come from be­hind. Brian has a the­ory of his own: ‘I think some­one’s closed a door on her.’

When asked about this the­ory, Jus­tine said: ‘It’s pos­si­ble, but we’re never go­ing to know what hap­pened. She could have just as eas­ily fallen.’

Archimedes is still shaken up but at least has been home since Thurs­day Novem­ber 29, and is re­cov­er­ing.

Brian said: ‘She’ll never be right again, but the vets did the best they could.’

Scot­tish SPCA chief su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Flynn said: ‘Thank­fully, the ma­jor­ity of Scots re­gard cru­elty to­wards an­i­mals as un­ac­cept­able and un­think­able, but there is a mi­nor­ity of peo­ple out there who think it’s ac­cept­able to treat cats, in par­tic­u­lar, like rub­bish.

‘Be­cause of their free-roam­ing na­ture, cats are of­ten sub­jected to cru­elty and ill-treat­ment at the hands of com­plete strangers.

‘We al­ways en­cour­age any­one who wit­nesses an an­i­mal suf­fer­ing or in dis­tress to call our an­i­mal helpline on 03000 999999 and in­vite any­one think­ing about get­ting a cat or kit­ten to con­sider re­hom­ing one from our an­i­mal res­cue and re­hom­ing cen­tres through­out Scot­land.’

Archimedes be­fore her surgery.

Archimedes’s scar.

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