Percy here, to tell you all another story from Cat and Kitten Rescue – this time, all about our friend, Titch.
Back in May this year, a lady heard a cat crying in distress near her house and, after searching around a few gardens, found Titch helplessly tangled up in a child’s football net.
She managed to cut Titch free from the netting… after which he immediately bolted and hid nearby. The kind lady then called the local vet for help and advice in catching him, as she had seen that he was injured and needed medical attention. The vet's in turn called upon our Janet to assist in capturing him.
Janet went over and was successful in enticing Titch into a carrier with a little food… he was scared, but he was also very hungry!
Titch’s front, right leg was in a really bad way, so Janet took him straight over to the emergency vet’s, as it was after usual vet opening hours. Once there, pain relief was given, he was rehydrated, and some remaining netting was removed from his wounded leg, as well as quite a few maggots. It seemed that poor Titch had been trapped for some time!
No microchip was located on him and, of course, Cat and Kitten Rescue didn’t think twice about footing the bill for whatever treatment was necessary.
It was 3am before the emergency vet released him back into Janet’s care, but only so she could transport him at 9am to a vet’s who would perform necessary surgery.
Unfortunately, the best option for Titch was to have his severely damaged leg amputated.
Three days later, Titch was discharged from the vet’s and back with Janet, ready for a cosy convalescence stay at hers, with lots of fussing and treats.
He was recovering well and, by the time he had his wound staples removed and was given his course of vaccinations, Titch was well on the way to being ready for adoption. However, then he started suffering from some fur loss (ie, alopecia). The vet told us it was very likely to be post traumatic stress from his horrid and scary experience.
Because of this new development, Titch stayed on at Janet’s for further recovery time… with more fussing and more lovely treats.
His missing patches of fur have grown back, but he has developed a tendency to over-groom, which also makes his fur thin out. Sometimes he has to wear a soft, inflatable collar, to stop him grooming away his fur in patches. Poor Titch.
However, he was enjoying his stay at Janet’s very much, and made himself quite comfortable around the house… assertively letting the resident dogs know who was boss, and claiming the very best places on the sofa.
While Titch was still looking for a new home, we realised that this would have to be with a very understanding owner, who would happily take him on … all three-legged with alopecia and added over-grooming.
We all thought it would be a good idea for me to tell his story in my blog, and see if anyone was willing to offer this special boy a home. Titch agreed, and emailed me over some of the facts of his story himself.
I then sent one of my assistants to Janet’s, to take some photos of him.
While Titch was posing it up a storm for photographs, a phone call interrupted the proceedings… and it was for Titch!!
A lovely couple – long-time friends of Cat and Kitten Rescue – had called especially to say that they wanted to adopt Titch, after they had heard all about him during a catch-up chat. Titch of course said ‘Yes, please’!
A better home could not have been chosen, as this fantastic couple have experience of adopting cats with certain needs, and they always ensure the best veterinary care is given, just as we do at Cat and Kitten Rescue.
We’re all over the moon that Titch’s story has a happy ending! He certainly deserves it!
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Please note that Titch’s experience is more common than you think! Every year, hundreds of animals - domestic and wild – get tangled up in sports nets, and not all of them have as good an outcome as Titch had.
The RSPCA have issued many pleas for people to store away their sports nets after use.
The RSPCA say:
“If the animals go unnoticed even for a short time, they can really suffer. The tight net can cut off the blood supply to their limbs, damage bones where they've tried to frantically escape, or worst of all, they could be strangled to death.
We've had cases of animals so badly tangled that they're brought in to our centres with the netting still round their bodies and the only way to safely free them is to sedate them.
To help prevent this from happening - please remove sports nets after they've been used. This simple action could save an animal’s life.”
We really hope that Titch’s story is of some help to ensure that all the animals around us are as safe as possible in their environment.
Love and purrs from
Percy, Superintendent Cat x