Charity Mews: Lost Cat Reunited with Owners after Nine Months

Hi everyone,

Today we are back with yet another happy-ending story from our friends over at The Mayhew Animal Home!

And it proofs that one should never give up hope when it comes to a missing cat…

Lost Cat Reunited with Owners after Nine Months

A lost cat who went missing for nine months has been reunited with her owners thanks to having the correct microchipping details and The Mayhew Animal Home.

Two-year-old calico cat, Jingle, first arrived at The Mayhew after a member of the public found her hiding behind a block of flats in a poor condition. Sadly, Jingle was skinny and had suffered from some injuries whilst she was missing and had several dry scabs over her back and shoulders.

Fearing that she was in a lot of pain, the kind gentleman immediately brought Jingle to The Mayhew. On arrival, The Mayhew’s Vet Team got to work with checking Jingle over and making sure she was comfortable.

Mayhew Vet, Dr. Emma Robinson, said: “Jingle had large, dry scabs over much of her back and shoulders. The injuries appeared to be burns of some description, possibly from a chemical, and she smelt like solvent.”

“We examined the scabs, which luckily appeared to be fairly superficial, and clipped and cleaned her wounds and gave her pain relief to help her feel more comfortable while she was with us.”

Whilst Jingle was recovering, The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers scanned her and found that luckily she was microchipped.

Animal Welfare Officer at The Mayhew, Tania Mazzoni, said: “One of the first things we do when an animal is brought in to us, is check for a microchip so we can contact the owner as quickly as possible. Fortunately Jingle was microchipped, so we were able to contact her owner straight away and give her the good news that she was safe at our Home.”

Jingle was last seen by her owner, Monika, at her home in Willesden Green in April 2016 – a whopping nine months before she was found.

Jingle’s owner, Monika, said: “Jingle has always liked wandering, but she usually only disappears for two or three days maximum at a time, so when she was missing for longer than that, I began to really worry. I desperately tried to find Jingle and called up the microchipping company to see if she had been found, but sadly had no luck.”

“I was thrilled when we got the call from The Mayhew to say they had Jingle. It was actually my birthday when they called and it was truly the best present to find out she was safe.”

After being lost for such a long time, Jingle was finally able to return home. Her owner came to collect her from The Mayhew and took her back home where she would feel safe and comfortable with her family, and could continue her medical treatment with her local vets.

Monika, added: “It’s amazing to have Jingle back with us and she has settled back into her home really quickly. We were heartbroken to find out that she had gotten injured when she was lost, and we have since taken her to our vets frequently. Thankfully now she is back to her happy, healthy self, and the scabs have healed, she’s gained back a healthy weight and her fur has grown back.”

Tania, added: “Jingle’s story highlights how important it is to get your pet microchipped, as it means we can quickly reunite beloved pets with their owners. Sadly we get hundreds of stray cats and dogs come in to us every year who haven’t been microchipped, and it’s heartbreaking to think that they could be someone’s missing pet.”

“Microchipping your pet is a hallmark of responsible pet ownership, and is a reliable way of making sure that you and your pet can be reunited should they ever go missing. We encourage anyone who hasn’t got their pet microchipped to make an appointment at our Community Vet Clinic or visit one of the many microchipping events in local parks in April, where our team of Animal Welfare Officers are on-hand to microchip dogs for free.”

“Thanks to being microchipped, we were able to get in contact with Jingle’s owner within just 24 hours of her being brought into our Home. We don’t know what happened to Jingle during the nine months and can imagine she must have been so scared. We’re so glad that she is safe now and is back with her owner where she can be loved again and fully recover from her ordeal.”

The Mayhew see hundreds of lost cats and dogs come through their doors every year, unfortunately many of which are not identifiable because they haven’t been microchipped. With the one-year-anniversary of the compulsory dog microchipping law coming up in April, The Mayhew are urging owners who have not already got their pet chipped to do so with their free microchipping for dogs events and low-cost services at their Community Vet Clinic.

Since the law was passed on April 6th 2016, it is now a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and their contact details kept up-to-date. Owners who do not microchip their dog could be faced with a penalty fine, so now really is the time to get your pet microchipped. Though this law doesn’t include cats for now, Jingle’s story, highlights how effective this tiny little chip can be in making sure you and your pet stay together pawever.

In light of the one-year anniversary of the law, The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers are offering free microchipping for dogs at BARK in the Park community events in April. Even if you haven’t managed to microchip your dog, The Mayhew will do it for free, no questions asked. Head to their website www.themayhew.org to find out more about the events.

The Mayhew also offers low cost microchipping services at their Community Vet Clinic in Kensal Green, North West London. Please call 020 8962 8017 or email vetclinic@mayhewanimalhome.org to book an appointment.

If you and your pet have been happily reunited thanks to the power of the microchip, share your story on social media using the hashtag #TogetherPawever.

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Charity Mews: Abandoned Young Mummy Cat Finds her Fairy Tale Ending

Hi everyone,

Today we have another story from our friends over at the Mayhew Animal Home.

Please do share with everyone to highlight the importance of neutering your cat and of course to watch out for poor abandoned and stray cats and kittens at this cold time of the year that might be in need of our support!

Abandoned Young Mummy Cat Finds her Fairy Tale Ending

A young pregnant mummy cat, who gave birth in a tool shed, is finally on her way to finding happiness thanks to The Mayhew Animal Home.

The one-year-old cat, named Mimi, was found abandoned and giving birth by a member of the public in North London.

The kind resident, Elizabeth Chrysanthou, couldn’t believe it when she discovered the calico cat in her husband’s shed.

Elizabeth said: “As I was taking out the rubbish, I noticed my cat, Maxi, standing on full alert close to the shed at the bottom of our garden. The shed door was slightly ajar, which I didn’t think anything of, until Maxi started grumbling and growling.”

“I immediately thought my neighbour’s cat, Diesel, must have wandered in again and got herself trapped. As I opened the shed door wide to allow her a quick escape, I couldn’t believe what I discovered instead.”

“Under my husband’s makeshift desk on an old rug, five little furry balls were shivering close to mummy cat, Mimi, who was licking her last kitten. She looked so scared and worried. Straight away I knew I couldn’t leave them there, so I decided to move them all into the house for the night. I closed the door in fear of Maxi going inside and went rummaging through my home looking for something suitable to keep them in.”

“I had an old, big cardboard box that I placed bathroom mats and towels at the bottom of to make sure mum and her babies were comfortable.”

“Half of me was anxious to try and keep the babies as warm as possible and the other half of me was in fear of what the terrified mum would do to me if I touched her precious litter. Thankfully I managed to get the new family into the house and up into my bedroom without any fuss.”

As soon as Elizabeth told her husband what had happened, he knocked on neighbours’ doors and searched the local area for lost posters, but had no luck.

Elizabeth said: “We didn’t know what to do next. One of our neighbours popped over to see the kittens and suggested we call The Mayhew Animal Home for help and advice.”

After they called The Mayhew, our Cat Welfare Coordinator, Georgina Disney, collected Mimi and her kittens and took them back to our Home, where our Cattery staff immediately settled her and her litter into a warm and comfortable cat cabin and our Vet Team gave them all a thorough health check.

Sadly one of her kittens passed away shortly after arriving at The Mayhew and could not be revived by our Vet Team. Thankfully, Mimi’s other kittens, one female and four males named after Beauty and the Beast characters; Belle, Maurice, Lumière, Chip, and Beast, were all healthy and happy.

Elizabeth added: “I am truly thankful to Georgina; she was kind, understanding, sympathetic and most importantly gentle and humane when handling Mimi and her babies. I felt at ease, trusting Georgina completely.”

“I’m so pleased I found Mimi and her kittens that night. Me and my husband have become quite attached to Mimi, so much so that we’ve decided to adopt her and give her a new home she truly deserves.”

The Mayhew’s Cat Welfare Coordinator, Georgina Disney, said: “Mimi is such a sweet cat; we can’t imagine how worrying it must have been for her trying to find a safe place to give birth.”

“Soon after arriving at The Mayhew, we managed to find Mimi and her kittens a foster home for a few weeks. With advice, information, food and other cat supplies, the foster carer was more than happy to look after them.”

“It was important that they all stayed together, so the kittens could receive the proper nutrients from their mum’s milk, which is essential for keeping them healthy and for their growth.”

“We are very grateful to Elizabeth for finding them and contacting The Mayhew and for our foster carer for stepping in to care for them during this crucial time. Without their help, Mimi would most likely have had to raise her kittens on the streets and we can’t imagine how terrifying that would have been for them.”

Once Belle, Maurice, Lumière, Chip, and Beast are old enough and have been neutered, they will be available to find their purrfect home and fairy tale ending.

The Mayhew’s Vet Team give all of the kittens that come into our care a thorough health check, including vaccinating, neutering and treat them for fleas and worms. Our experienced Cattery Team spend hours socialising them, feeding them and making them comfortable and our Adoption Team work tirelessly to find them new forever homes.

This Mother’s Day, we celebrated all the mums in the world from animal mums like Mimi, to foster mums and adoptive mums, who are truly one in a million.

Find out more about our work by visiting www.themayhew.org and please consider a donation to help us rescue and care for more animals like Mimi. You can make an instant donation by texting “CATS27 £5” or your chosen amount (up to £10) to 70070, or by donating on our website at www.themayhew.org/donate

If you are interested in adopting a cat in our care, please visit www.themayhew.org/adopt  or call 020 8962 8009.

Charity Mews: Young Cat Dumped Outside Homebase Starving and Covered in Oil

Hi everyone,

Today we have another heart breaking story from the Mayhew Animal Home which luckily did have a happy ending!

But we also find it shocking how many poor homeless cats are out there in need of help and more importantly love…

Young Cat Dumped Outside Homebase Starving and Covered in Oil

A terrified and emaciated cat, who was dumped in the rain outside Homebase, has finally found happiness thanks to The Mayhew Animal Home.    The 13-month-old tabby and white cat, named Kimmie by Mayhew staff, was discovered in a wire top cat carrier by a member of the public in Homebase’s car park in East Acton.

At the time it had been raining heavily, so the local shopper immediately brought the poor tabby into The Mayhew. On arrival, Kimmie was soaking wet, extremely underweight, and looked like she had been lying in engine oil.

The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officer, Tania Mazzoni, said: “We can’t say how long Kimmie had been outside in her cat carrier for, but she was wet, freezing cold, and very skinny.”

“Where pet owners are having difficulty, we urge them to contact us first and we will see what we can do to help. If owners called us in the first instance, we can help in many other ways rather than the last resort of them dumping their pet.”

“As Animal Welfare Officers, our job is to help pets and advise their owners on the best course of action. We are here to help the animal and prevent suffering, no matter what the problem is, we do not judge anyone.”

Seeing that she needed urgent care, our Vet Team got straight to work with checking Kimmie over and making sure she was comfortable.

Our Head Vet, Dr. Ursula Goetz MRCVS, GP Cert (SAS) CVO, said: “Poor Kimmie was in a bad way – it looked like she had been lying in engine oil, she was unsteady on her feet, and very underweight. Her whole body was also twitching, which we thought might have been caused by the intoxication of the oil when she tried to lick herself clean.”

“The oil covered most of her stomach to the extent that she could not move her hind legs freely as it was sticking so tightly to the wounds caused by the oil on her tummy. She had to be sedated, so we could clip and clean her carefully. We delicately eased the sticky fur out of her wounds, freeing her hind legs, so she was able to move and stand again.”

“The skin underneath her stomach was covered in red raw wounds, so we put her on pain relief before she woke up again to ensure she was comfortable while she recovered.”

“After she was fully bathed and cleaned, we took blood and urine tests and gave her fluids. During the thorough health check, we discovered that Kimmie had also developed ulcers in her mouth, most likely caused from the oil she had been cleaning off herself. She was on several different treatments, but it was a joy to see her become cheekier and more confident day by day. Kimmie is such a sweet and affectionate character; she was forever making us laugh with her playful personality.”

“We also continued to bathe and clean her wounds to make sure the skin underneath her stomach healed properly. It took over a month for her to fully recover.”

After receiving medical attention from our Vet Team, including vaccinations and flea and worming treatments, our Cattery team then settled Kimmie into warm and cosy cabin and gave her food and water to help her get her strength back up.

As soon as she was neutered and our Vet Team was satisfied she was in good health, our Cat Adoption Team soon found Kimmie the purrfect home.

She has since been renamed Pepsi and is enjoying her new life in her loving home.

Her new owner, Sam, said: “I adopted Kimmie, now called Pepsi, from the fabulous Mayhew Animal Home. She loves her new home, has settled in very well and follows me around everywhere. She also loves watching the TV and chasing shadows.”

If you think you can give any of our cats their happily ever after, please visit https://www.themayhew.org/cats/ or call 020 8962 8000.

Every year our Animal Welfare Officers and Community Vet Clinic respond to hundreds of animals in need and provide ongoing support to carers and pet owners in difficult situations, please consider a donation to help them rescue and help more animals like Kimmie. You can make an instant donation by texting “CATS27 £5” or your chosen amount (up to £10), or by donating on our website https://www.themayhew.org/donate/