Poor puss was suffering with swelling so severe she couldn’t open her eyes
A stray cat with a severely swollen, bleeding head is making a remarkable recovery in RSPCA care.
The adult female cat had been straying in the Horden area, near Peterlee, but locals became very concerned for her welfare after they noticed her suffering with severe injuries to her face and head.
RSPCA Inspectors Christine Nisbet and Steph Baines were called to collect the cat, who they have nicknamed ‘Phoebe,’ and rushed her to a local vet for urgent treatment.
Christine said: “Poor Phoebe was in a terrible state when we found her (image in link below.) She’s been a stray in the area for some time, but these injuries were really severe and she would have been in a lot of pain. Her head and face were really swollen, she couldn’t open one of her eyes at all, and she was really weak. She was in desperate need of veterinary treatment.
“Steph and I collected her from a street where she’d been found, and took her to a local vet where she was given urgent treatment. It turns out the injuries were two very nasty bites on her forehead, most likely from another cat that had become infected and incredibly sore.”
Phoebe was given painkillers and antibiotics and the veterinary team cleaned her wounds making her much more comfortable, before Christine and Steph took her to a local RSPCA centre where she will continue her recovery.
Christine added: “I’m delighted to say that Phoebe is a strong little cat and she’s making a great recovery already (pictured above.) After just one week of treatment and care, the swelling has hugely improved and she’s looking a lot brighter and can open her eye again. We’re so grateful to the people who contacted us to let us know Phoebe was in such desperate need of our help.
Phoebe will continue her recovery in the care of the RSPCA, and when she is ready, she will be found a loving new home.
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