Cat Timmy recovering at RSPCA Southridge after having cancerous ear tumours removed
PUBLISHED: 16:11 15 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:43 15 February 2016
A 'pitiful' stray cat found with cancerous growths on his ears is now recovering at an animal centre near Potters Bar after surgery.
Timmy, a middle aged short-haired black and white cat, was found as a stray in an appalling condition last month.
His ear flaps were being consumed by huge tumours, and he was struggling to survive.
A spokeswoman for RSPCA Southridge Animal Centre said: “He had to struggle to find enough food, he had no home comforts, and his home of all places was in a stinking, filthy, damp bin shed surrounded by people’s rubbish.”
The forlorn feline was brought to the Packhorse Lane centre by an RSPCA animal collection officer, and was immediately taken to Wood Street Veterinary Hospital in Barnet.
Southridge deputy manager Mona Jorgensen was deeply shocked by Timmy’s appearance.
She said that he was “one of the most pitiful animals” she had ever set eyes on.
Miss Jorgensen said: “His ears were obviously so uncomfortable for him, he continuously tried to scratch at them and shake his head but when I tickled him under the chin he began to purr.”
At the vets, Timmy was diagnosed with suffering from cancerous growths on his ear flaps.
The tumours were ulcerated, bleeding, infected and would have been very painful.
“The only course of treatment was to surgically remove the ear pinna on both sides and on one side the surrounding tissue,” said Miss Jorgensen.
“This was extensive surgery.
“Without veterinary intervention these would have continued to grow and be a source of infection and pain.”
Timmy is now recovering well at Southridge, according to centre manager Anna White.
She told the Welwyn Hatfield Times Potters Bar Edition: “Timmy is feeling better every day.
“He might look a little like a cat from outer space now, but he is comfortable and happy.
“We are now looking for someone to come forward and offer Timmy a forever home.”
* If you can provide Timmy with a new home, visit the centre in Packhorse Lane, Ridge, telephone 0300 123 0704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org