Cat found with serious eye injury

PUBLISHED: 13:02 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:47 07 March 2018

The injured cat which Welwyn Hatfield Cats Protection are helping. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Cats Protection.

The injured cat which Welwyn Hatfield Cats Protection are helping. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Cats Protection.

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A Welwyn Hatfield cat charity is appealing for help towards the vet bill of a stray cat with a significant facial injury.

The injured cat which Welwyn Hatfield Cats Protection are helping. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Cats Protection.The injured cat which Welwyn Hatfield Cats Protection are helping. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Cats Protection.

Welwyn Hatfield Cats Protection received a call from a family in Hertford last week who were “horrified” when the stray cat they had been feeding for months turned up with what appeared to be its eyeball hanging out.

The Hertford branch had sadly closed down due to lack of volunteers and funds but Welwyn Hatfield’s Glenn Currell Cat Protection welfare officer went down on Tuesday, February 27, to set a trap despite the snow.

The very nervous male, who is un-neutered and has no microchip, was caught on Sunday and was taken to the vets straight away.

On first inspection it was thought that his eyeball was hanging out but it was discovered that the eyeball is behind a nasty infection.

The vets will remove the infected and ulcerated tissue and close the eye over in hope that the cat’s body can heal the eye itself.

Although the branch can’t be certain of how the injury came about a spokesperson said it is likely to be the result of a fight with another cat and the wound has gone untreated.

Mr Currell emphasised that missing cat worries could be much decreased with proper neutering and spaying practices.

“It complicates matters if owners are not neutering their cats,” he said, saying that un-neutered felines often go off for extended periods “on nature’s call”.

He added that Cats Protection will neuter or spay any cat free of charge living within the AL6 to AL10 postcode areas.

The Welwyn Hatfield branch is appealing for animal lovers help to support them in funding the costly vet bill.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “Any donations towards these costs would be gratefully received.

“Any left over donations after paying the vet bills will go towards the other cats in our care.”

•You can donate either on https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/whcp1, or by texting 70070, starting your message with WHCP48 followed by your chosen amount.

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