Woody is the name that our nurses have given to this stray cat that we have in with us in at the moment. We think it suits him. What do you think?
We were called out to Woody by the RSPCA around 8am on Thursday 26th September. A member of the public had found him in the road in Orchard Way, between Church Lane and Lancaster Place in Bognor Regis. He’d been hit by a car.
When our vet, Richard Edwards, arrived at the scene, Woody was conscious and vocal, but clearly in a lot of pain. Richard suspected that he had sustained a fractured pelvis amongst other possible injuries.
He was immediately taken to our West Meads Hospital for further examination and treatment.
Woody was found to be very cold (hypothermic) and had multiple wounds on his left leg. He was also very scabby suggesting he hadn’t been cared for for some time.
Woody was given immediate pain relief to make him more comfortable. He was also placed in an incubator and given intravenous fluids to try to get his temperature back up.
A little later in the day when he was more stable, Woody was anaesthetised and Xrays confirmed that he had in fact fractured his pelvis in several places, but amazingly this appeared to be his only major injury. You can see the Xray below.
Woody may need surgery in the future, but due to the nature of the fractures, for now he is on cage rest and pain relief. His skin wounds are all healing well and we’ve treated him for fleas.
Woody hasn’t been neutered – a common finding in stray cats hit by cars. Entire males also wander more, looking for love, crossing roads and eventually using up one, or all of their ‘nine lives’!
Entire males also tend to fight more, increasing their risk of contracting Feline Leukaemia, Feline AIDS and other diseases. Fortunately for Woody, tests have shown he is negative for both AIDS and Leukaemia.
Neutering your cat has many benefits. You can find out more here: http://alphapet.co.uk/pet-advice/cats/neutering-advice/
Woody hasn’t been microchipped and he wasn’t wearing a collar so we have no idea who his real owner is. It’s looking increasingly unlikely that we will ever find his original owner.
The plan now, is for him to stay with us whilst he recuperates, which could be anything from 6-8 weeks, or longer if he does need surgery. As you can imagine, he is already getting lots of attention from the staff! He is such a beautiful boy and we are grateful to both the member of the public and the RSPCA for looking out for him. With no owner, the RSPCA can only pay the initial costs of the call out and emergency treatment, so from now, as we’ve done many times over the years, AlphaPet will make sure this little stray gets all the care and treatment he needs to hopefully make a full recovery.
We will keep you posted on his progress and let you know how he is doing.