Animal charity’s warning to avoid elasticated collars after cat seriously injured

Louise now, and the injury on her neck caused by the collar (Pictures: Cats Protection Downham Market)

Louise the cat was left seriously injured because of her elasticated collar.

The animal was rescued by Cats Protection in Downham Market, Norfolk after being spotted by members of the public.

People reported see her limping and shared details on social media but no one came forward and the charity stepped in.

They found her with her front leg had looped under her collar, which caused deep wounds in her armpit.

Her skin had started growing over the collar and the wound was infected, leading staff to believe she had been living on the streets like this for some time.

She also had ear mites, a tick, muscle damage and swelling to her joints and limbs, according to the charity.

Although she was wearing a collar, they couldn’t find a microchip to trace Louise – a name given by staff at the charity – to an owner.

She was left with a wound on her neck (Picture: Cats Protection Downham Market)

The charity said: ‘Since being taken into our care, we’ve helped Louise by providing two operations, regular wound flushing, antibiotics, pain relief and a safe place to rest and recover.

‘Louise has been an amazingly good natured and friendly cat throughout despite her suffering and she loves to be with people. We are looking forward to the day she will be well enough to go to her furr-ever home.’

Her extensive treatment has already cost around £1,300 and the charity is asking for donations to help, particularly as fundraising has been hit hard by the pandemic.

The charity is also warning pet owners to avoid this type of collar, instead recommending a ‘quick release’ or snap-opening collar, which is less likely to cause a cat to become trapped.

It also recommends all pets should be microchipped and if owners choose to use a collar, it should include all contact details.

You can donate to Louise’s treatment and to support the charity through their fundraising page.

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