Vets to the rescue to save shot cat

A black cat is on the road to recovery after being shot – thanks to the PDSA and Blue Cross.

The cat, which has subsequently been named Jerry, was handed into the vet charity’s pet hospital in New Cross by a woman who thought he had been hit by a vehicle.

He had multiple wounds to his small body, including a very large tissue injury to one of his front legs, which may have been the result of fighting or a road traffic accident.

The pellet that was lodged near to his pelvis though, was no accident.

Jerry’s injuries needed emergency treatment including stitches and lots of aftercare to prevent infection, manage pain and give Jerry the best chance of making a good recovery.

Over the next few days, he remained on antibiotics and pain killers, and his wounds redressed under sedation to keep him calm and comfortable.

It was over a week before it could be repaired.

PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Millie Wilder, said: “Unfortunately, Jerry wasn’t microchipped and sadly, no owner came forward to claim him.

“He thankfully tested negative for FeLV and FIV and after two weeks of care and TLC from PDSA’s vet team he was transferred to Blue Cross to start the rehoming process.

“We’re sure they’ll find him a loving forever home and wish him all the best for the future.”

Jerry is now being cared for in the Blue Cross Rehoming Centre in Hertfordshire and is making good progress.

Staff hope he will be ready for adoption in the next few weeks.

Anyone wanting to register their interest in adopting him, should keep an eye on the Blue Cross website for updates: www.bluecross.org.uk/rehome/cat

Jerry the cat (Picture: PDSA)



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