Against all odds

‘Wonky’ cat pulled out of re­cy­cling ma­chine and saved by car­ing vets

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Pet Talk - BY KAREN ROCKETT

Her new owner lov­ingly calls her “wonky” and Pip the lop­sided kit­ten has al­ready used up a fair few of her nine lives. But, against all the odds, she is alive... and lick­ing.

Vets bat­tled for 24 hours to save the lit­tle stray after she was found trapped in a gi­ant re­cy­cling ma­chine with her head jammed at a 90-de­gree an­gle.

Work­ers at the plant in Widnes, Cheshire, had man­aged to pull her free.

But her head was very badly bent and she was close to death when she was taken to a nearby res­cue cen­tre.

War­ring­ton An­i­mal Wel­fare said it was touch and go whether she would sur­vive at all – but after a whole day and night of close mon­i­tor­ing and care, ded­i­cated vets man­aged to save her.

The poor moggy, who also had nasty eye and ear in­fec­tions, was treated by staff at Beech House Ve­teri­nary Cen­tre.

Nurse Laura Dar­ling­ton said: “To be hon­est we didn’t re­ally think she would live. Her eyes were so in­flamed and swollen she could barely see, she couldn’t walk and she had this wor­ry­ing head tilt.

“It was won­der­ful when overnight she started to eat on her own and looked so much brighter. The first 24 hours are al­ways cru­cial, but she had sur­vived.

“She was so lovely, but very small – you couldn’t help but feel sorry for her.”

After two days, Pip was strong enough to move to a char­ity res­cue cen­tre be­fore man­ager Louise Allen took her home tem­po­rar­ily. She de­scribed the three­month-old kitty as “very feisty and more of a play­ful cat than a cud­dle cat”.

Vet Emily Guest said Pip’s head might be left per­ma­nently tilted fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, but she should oth­er­wise live a nor­mal life.

CHEEKY

And there is good news on the home front as she has been taken in by Nikki Carters, from War­ring­ton.

Nikki –who has two other cats – said: “She is very cute, she just doesn’t have very good bal­ance. Pip will try to do cat things, then she falls off the back of the sofa! But she just picks her­self back up and doesn’t let the tilt af­fect her.

“If it wasn’t for her fos­ter at War­ring­ton An­i­mal Wel­fare and the team at Beech House, I wouldn’t have my lovely, wonky cat.”

CROOKED KITTY Pip in her new home

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