Are you the owner of 'sweet and affectionate' Simba who was found wounded?
- Credit: RSPCA
The RSPCA is appealing to find the owner of a tabby cat who was brought into the care of RSPCA Southridge in Hertfordshire.
The four-year-old male tabby cat was wearing a blue collar and had an external fixator attached to his left shoulder and wounds under his left armpit.
A member of the public had been feeding Simba since the summer but when they spotted the open wounds they decided to bring him into the RSPCA centre in Potters Bar for help on Thursday, December 10.
Lisa Obertelli, from RSPCA Southridge, said: “The person who found Simba had been feeding him for the last few months.
"They had put up posters and knocked on neighbours doors but hadn’t had any owner come forward for him. It appears as though he had recently had vet treatment before he became lost or was abandoned.
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“When he arrived at the centre, he was taken to the vets which found that his humerus - the long bone from shoulder to elbow - had healed well with the frame, but sadly he had a reaction around the pins.
"Due to what we suspect must have been repeated trauma from using his front leg, the bone has started to deteriorate and his bicep has contracted meaning he has little movement in that elbow.
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“The fixator has now been removed so we hope we will see some more improvements in Simba. The poor cat must have had the frame on his leg since at least the summer so we’re sure he was very relieved to get it taken off! Despite everything, he’s a sweet and affectionate cat.”
Staff at the centre are continuing to care for Simba and give him lots of much-needed TLC.
Simba is not microchipped but he was neutered and wearing a collar so it is believed he must have an owner. The charity is now appealing to try and find Simba’s owner and urges anyone who recognises him to please get in contact with them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
This winter, the RSPCA expects to rescue thousands of animals from neglect, cruelty and suffering.
To help its rescue teams reach the thousands of animals who desperately need them, visit www.rspca.org.uk/xmas and Join the Christmas Rescue #JoinTheRescue.