‘Frankenstein’s cat’ seeks home this Howl-oween

RSPCA staff fear potential adopters will be put off of black cat Little Rob due to his Frankenstein stitches

The RSPCA is looking for the purr-fect Howl-oween home for a cat who has been dubbed ‘Frankenstein’s cat’.

Little Rob arrived at RSPCA Sheffield on 17 September after being rescued as a stray by inspectors with a collar wound injury.

Sheffield’s Hayley Crookes said: “Poor Rob had a horrific collar wound injury around his front leg. The wound was large, big and inflamed. He was young, fit and healthy and we wanted to try to save his leg so we opted for a specialist procedure called omentalization.

“The omentum is a membrane sack in the abdomen that helps healing. The vets opened up his tummy to take some of the membrane and then tunnel it under the skin along his chest and into the wound to aid the healing.

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“When he came back to us from the vet he looked like Frankenstein’s cat; he had a huge wound running from under his chin, down his chest and around behind his left shoulder and back up again. He also had a wound on his stomach from the omentalization and he was neutered too; he’d really been through it.

“He really does look like a Halloween character but on a serious note we’re concerned that potential owners might be put off by his appearance. Black cats can take longer to find their forever homes so Little Rob really does have the odds stacked against him.”

The poor puss – thought to be five-years-old – was put on cage rest for three weeks to recover from the surgery and had to wear a buster collar at all times. He also had to take pain relief and antibiotics. His surgery cost over £500 and staff weren’t sure whether he’d recover, but he was soon on the mend and started to come out of his shell.

Hayley added: “He is the most amazing cat. He’s loving and affectionate, he chats to you all day long and absolutely loves his dinner!

“He’ll have scars for life but is all healed now and is ready to find a loving new home. He is already at a disadvantage, however, because of his colour and we worry that people might be put off by his scars. Whoever is lucky enough to adopt this boy will not regret it though; he’s such an amazing boy.”

This week (Wednesday 27 October) marked National Black Cat Day to shine a light on the plight of unwanted black cats. RSPCA figures reveal that it takes longer for black cats to be adopted, with an average of nearly 35 days for a black cat to find his or her forever home, compared to around 28 days for a tabby cat. Black cats are often associated with superstitions and some people believe they don’t look good in photos which sadly means it can take longer for a black cat in a rescue centre to find a home.

RSPCA centres and branches are caring for more cats than any other pet with nearly 3,000 moggies coming into care this year (Jan 1- 31 Aug). This month marks Adoptober, when the RSPCA shines a light on the animals in its care looking for homes, and with more cats coming into the charity’s care than any other pet this means there are plenty of feline friends looking to be adopted.

Find out more about Little Rob on his online profile or call the centre on 01142 898050.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181. To support the work of RSPCA Sheffield – which is a separately run charity – visit www.rspcasheffield.org/donate-to-rspca-sheffield.

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