A young cat who fell from a high rise block of flats is being treated by veterinary staff at RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital.
Little Beatrice was found shocked and collapsed on a patio at Arthur Court Charlotte Despard Avenue, Battersea on Tuesday 27, June.
She was picked up by RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Anthony Pulfer and taken straight to the hospital, but it was not known if she would pull through.
Caroline Allen, RSPCA London Veterinary Director, said: “When Beatrice came to us she was in complete shock and collapsed and it was touch and go as to whether she may make it.
“She had serious bleeding in her chest and an obviously broken leg. The on call vet performed an emergency procedure to drain 30mls of blood from her chest. She was then treated with fluids and strong pain relief to make her more comfortable.
“It’s a miracle that she survived such a huge fall and given what her body has been through she is doing really well.
“She will still need an anaesthetic for a full assessment which will include x-rays and then fracture repair or possible amputation, but her lungs are still very bruised , so it isn’t safe to do that yet.
“We will do all we can here at Putney to help her, she’s been through such a traumatic ordeal. We believe she must have an owner, we have put up posters in the area asking for them to get in touch. We would urge anyone with any information as to who her owner is to contact us on 0300 1234 999.”
High-rise syndrome is the veterinary term for the injuries seen when cats fall from a height. It is unfortunately a relatively common condition that vets see during warm weather. Cats don’t seem to have good perception of great heights and so easily fall from open windows and balconies from many floors up, which can cause serious injury and even death. We urge owners to take great care of their cats near windows and on balconies in this warm weather.
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