RSPCA Cymru is urgently seeking to reunite a cat, found in the Merthyr area with a ruptured eye, with her family.

The tortoiseshell cat was first spotted by a members of the public in the Glasier Road area of the town, straying, in November 2016. Locals kept a look out for her, providing temporary care and food.

However, the condition of the cat – still straying – worsened significantly in the weeks which followed, with her eye appearing both bloody and bulging out of the socket, prompting a call to RSPCA Cymru.

The cat – whose name was given as “Shelley” on her microchip – has a ruptured eye, which will now need to be removed.

Shelley is a long-haired tortoiseshell cat. While the cat is microchipped, she was registered to Salisbury in Wiltshire, in 2004 – which suggests the cat has both moved, and is at least 13-years-of-age. Many of her markings are distinctive, including a black patch in the middle of her face.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper said:

“This gorgeous tortoiseshell cat is so affectionate, so has clearly had an owner fairly recently.

“Her microchip details are out-of-date, and we are just desperate to reunite her with her family, after what has clearly been a difficult ordeal for Shelley. She has been straying in the Merthyr area since, at least, last November.

“Anyone who may be able to help us find the cat’s family can contact the RSPCA’s Inspectorate appeal line. This can be reached on 0300 123 8018, and calls are treated in confidence.

“This incident also acts as an important reminder as to the importance of keeping pet microchip details up-to-date – even after a pet may have gone missing.”

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