The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat suffered serious internal injuries following what vets believe was a kick or kicks to his body.
Robin, a six-year-old ginger cat, returned to his home in Willoughby’s Walk in Downley, High Wycombe on Sunday 19 January. His owner said he had been coming in and out of the house that morning and on his return he was yowling in pain and panting.
His owner immediately contacted an emergency vet. Robin had x-rays and was then transferred to Summerleaze Veterinary Hospital in Maidenhead where he received further x-rays. These revealed that Robin had suffered a split diaphragm and thorax. His spleen, pancreas, stomach, liver and intestines had been pushed into his chest cavity. He also had a tear in one lung which was causing it to leak air.
Vets operated on Robin to repair his injuries and he now has a chest tube to help his lung to heal.
The examining vets found no signs of a road traffic accident and said his injuries were consistent with having been kicked. The vet also said that if Robin had not been found he would almost certainly have died of his injuries.
In addition to the recent injuries, Robin also had old fractures to his ribs that had healed without his owner being aware and which vets also think were caused by a kick or kicks.
RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith said: “Poor Robin suffered horrendous pain and distress for no reason at all. We believe that he was attacked on Sunday morning and desperately need to hear from anyone who may have seen anything to come forward.”
His owner said: “Robin always stays very close to my house when he ventures out so it’s really upsetting to think that someone close by may have done this. One of my other cats was deliberately attacked two years ago and I no longer feel that it is safe for them here, which is such a shame as no-one should have to live in fear for their pets’ safety.
“I visited Robin last night and he is doing well but was struggling to stand. He has had a lot of surgery and I can’t wait until he is well enough to come home. The vets and nurses across all the practices involved have done a marvellous job of saving him.”
If anyone has any information about this incident they are asked to call the RSPCA inspector appeal line in confidence on 0300 123 8018.
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