Charity Mews: Stray puss Oliver recovers after being found covered with green paint

Hi everyone,

Below is another rescue story from our friends over at CATS Protection. As you can imagine his Meowjesty Oliver was most displeased to hear that a fellow Oliver has been treated this poorly by someone. 🙁

A stray cat is recovering after he was found covered from head to tail in green paint with cuts and puncture wounds across his body.


The ginger-and-white puss, now named Oliver, was handed into Cats Protection’s Armagh Branch after being discovered in a rural area five miles from Portadown, in Northern Ireland.

Thought to be around three-years-old, Oliver’s fur was saturated with a green substance believed to be a spray paint.

After being taken to a vet, a number of puncture wounds and cuts – possibly inflicted using scissors – were found across his body.


Coordinator of Cats Protection’s Armagh Branch, Gillian McMullen, said Oliver is now recovering after being found cold, underweight and suffering from an upset stomach after ingesting the substance.

She said: “We have no idea what has happened to Oliver. It’s certainly possible that this was some kind of malicious attack.

“The paint looks like it’s from an aerosol so he may have been deliberately sprayed and had his fur hacked at with scissors. But the truth is we just don’t know what happened to him.

“All we know is he was found in quite a state – cold, covered in paint and very thin. He had been licking at his fur and ingested the paint which has led to a stomach upset.

“He has been on antibiotics to prevent the wounds becoming infected while they heal, and has been having regular baths.


“The worst of the paint has come off, but his fur is still a minty green colour. This should fade and will eventually disappear as new fur grows through.

“The area where he was found was very rural, with not many people around so he is lucky to have stumbled across the home of an animal lover who kept him warm overnight and then took him to a vet.”

Cats Protection is keen to emphasise that cats should never have their fur coloured, either by paint or dye as this can be very harmful.

Oliver will be looking for a new home once he has fully recovered from his ordeal and has been neutered.

Gillian added: “Oliver was very thin, and unneutered, so it’s likely he had been a stray for some time.


“Despite everything he has been through he is a lovely, gentle and friendly cat. He is very affectionate and will make a wonderful pet.”

Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, helps over 194,000 cats and kittens per year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres.

To find out more about the charity, or to find cats available for rehoming in your area, please visit

If you find a cat or any other animal which may have been injured through an act of cruelty in the UK, please contact the relevant organisation. For England and Wales, contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999; for Scotland call the SSPCA on 03000 999 999 or for Northern Ireland contact the USPCA on 028 3025 1000.

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60 thoughts on “Charity Mews: Stray puss Oliver recovers after being found covered with green paint

  1. angelswhisper2011 says:

    This breaks our hearts…*whipes tears away* Unbelievable how cruel people can be 🙁 We purray for the poor guy and hope that he finds a furrever home with humans who love him for always. He deserves the best! Extra Pawkisses for good luck 🙂 <3 <3 <3

  2. carolynswriting says:

    He is such a beautiful boy and I’m so happy someone found him in time – many thanks to that person and the great charities that do such wonderful work. He deserves an amazing life from now on! 🙂

  3. floridaborne says:

    This is yet another one of those instances where it’s hard to hold in the mental rage at people who need to experience what they’ve done to a kind little heart. I’m thankful for people who can move past that rage and show so much love, even when their hearts are hurting over such abuse.

  4. saymber says:

    “Despite everything he has been through he is a lovely, gentle and friendly cat. He is very affectionate and will make a wonderful pet.”- another example of why I believe animals are angels sent to the world to teach us unconditional love. I’m so glad he came into the care of loving people like he did. May be proof to him we can still be rescued too 🙂

  5. sledpress says:

    What a sweet little face. I have a special place in my heart for ginger and white boys. Like everyone else here probably, I want to erase whom-ever did this from the planet.

  6. Fozziemum says:

    I fear for a world where such barbaric individuals thrive..bless his heart i hope he has a long and loved life.. more than i wish on the bottom feeder who inflicted this on him…makes my blood boil..

  7. lawjic says:

    Where can I get a GREEN cat? I love the way he looks. As long as the paint is not toxic, he is fine and gorgeous in my opinion!

  8. elle superstar says:

    These types of stories, even worse ones, make me cry and break my heart. I am consoled only by the fact that we hear about them because someone rescued their poor soul, and hopefully, most are on their way to recovery, and if they aren’t, they experience love in their last few days on earth.

    • Marc-André says:

      I know what you mean. 🙁 at the same time it’s important we share these stories so that us good hearted people watch out for suspicious activities and Animals in need of rescue <3

  9. pilch92 says:

    That poor kitty. I am adding him to my prayer list. I am glad someone rescued hoim and I hope he gets a happy forever home.

  10. Ritu says:

    Some people are just sick! This lil Oliver touches my heart even more as he looks so much like Sonu Singh! I hope he finds a good home soon.

  11. cat9984 says:

    What an adorable kitty! I guess it just goes to show that all the malicious people aren’t living in the cities. I think that when Oliver is fully recovered and adopted, he should find his tormentor and hack a furball on him. Or two.

  12. Jan Edwards says:

    Shocking. What makes people so cruel, I wonder. Thank goodness for Cats Protection – they do great work, but must see some extremely upsetting things.

    • Marc-André says:

      Oh yes they do see some awful things. 🙁 there is stuff I just can’t post as it’s just so bad that I may push up the age rating of the blog *sigh*. I wish those people would be caught out and locked up 😡

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