A six-week-old kitten is recovering in the RSPCA’s care after having to have a leg amputated after he got it tangled in twine.


The youngster, who has been named Stumpy, had amputation surgery last week – but is already making a good recovery.

He arrived in the RSPCA’s care at the charity’s Stapeley Grange Cattery, in Nantwich, Cheshire, in June with his mum and five siblings after they were found living stray on a nearby farm.

Lee Stewart, the cattery manager, said: “Stumpy had managed to get some twine, which was being used to tie up hay, tangled around his back left leg and it had gotten so tight that it cut of the circulation. There was sadly no other option but to amputate it.

“He is doing really well though – having three legs doesn’t seem to affect him at all. He is a little wobbly but he is so friendly and playful – he’ll make a lovely family pet. Stumpy has a few weeks of recovery left before he can be rehomed, but we are optimistic that he’ll make a full recovery.”

While Stumpy isn’t up for rehoming at the moment, his brothers and sisters will be available in around five weeks time once he has been neutered and fully vaccinated.

However, the centre has many other cats which are currently available for rehoming, all deserving cats that are looking for their loving forever home. To enquire about rehoming a cat from Stapeley, contact the cattery by calling 0300 123 0722 or email stapeleycattery@rspca.org.uk. You can also pop into the cattery, in London Road, Nantwich, anytime between 11.30am to 3.30pm every day except Monday.

The cattery is currently full, as a result of a decline in adoptions in the last few months.

Lee said:  ”The decline in cat adoptions from our cattery  is very worrying. The team give our cats five-star treatment whilst they are with us, but we cannot substitute a loving family home where they can get the attention they need 24/7.

“Our rehoming has a knock-on effect and it means we are not able to accept in more cats and kittens from our inspectors, who are struggling to get them into centres such as ours.

“We desperately need help and would urge anyone who is thinking of inviting a cat into their family to come and see us.”

If you would like to support the Cattery with a donation of just £3, simply text RSPCA2 to 70007 Texts cost £3 + standard network rate.