A leading RSPCA vet is warning cat owners who live in flats to be aware their felines could be at risk of high-rise syndrome.
The warning comes as the RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital and Harmsworth Memorial Hospital both had to treat two recent cases of young cats who had both fallen from high rise blocks of flats in London.
Little Beatrice, and Saba who is just 11 weeks old, both had to have a leg amputated after they fell from the windows of high rise flats.
The RSPCA was called to rescue Beatrice after a member of the public heard a loud bang outside their first floor flat and then found the cat collapsed and in shock, there was no other way for her to have ended up there other than a fall.
Saba was brought in by her owners who said she had fallen from the fourth floor of a block of flats.
Both cats were given extensive treatment at the hospital, but sadly both cats had such severe breaks to their legs they had to be amputated.
Caroline Allen, RSPCA London Veterinary Director, said: “‘High-rise syndrome’ is the term for the injuries seen when cats fall from a height.
“In the summer months we do seem to see in an increase in the number of cats being brought into us which have fallen from a balcony or window of a flat.
“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 it’s possible that when distracted or playing they may 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. Limiters and mesh can be used on windows and balcony safety meshes and nets are available.
“Thankfully, despite their terrible injuries both Beatrice and little Saba are both making a great recovery and seem to be coping well with the amputations.
“Saba has been signed over to the care of the RSPCA so we will be looking for a new home for her in the future. Sadly despite efforts to find Beatrice’s owner no one has come forward to date so once fully recovered she will be rehomed through one of our rehoming centres.”