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A fairy tale ending...

8 January 2016

On a cold night in November, a pizza delivery driver found a cat in a very poor state in front of a house, whilst making a delivery. He knocked on the door of the house presuming the cat might live there but the cat was not known at that house or by any of the neighbours. The kind hearted resident took in the cat and, as she was unfortunately in a very bad way, brought her to Willows out of hours service.

The poor cat was looking very poorly and on arrival at Willows was immediately examined by one of the emergency service veterinary surgeons. She was whisked off to the critical care unit for further examination and supportive care. She was in shock and on examination was found to have a fractured jaw. This poorly little one was scanned for a microchip but unfortunately there was no microchip present, nor any other forms of identification. At this point our feline friend was affectionately named Mitzi.


An X-ray showing Mitzi's fractured jaw

An X-ray showing Mitzi's fractured jaw


After a period of stabilisation and supportive care Mitzi had radiographs taken of her skull, chest and abdomen to check the extent of her injuries. The radiographs confirmed the presence of a fractured jaw and also a gunshot pellet, revealing that poor Mitzi had been shot and this may have caused her injuries! Mitzi was given a general anaesthetic and was taken to surgery where she had the shotgun pellet removed and surgery performed to stabilise her broken jaw. Mitzi was thin and frail, so understandably it took her a little while to get over the surgery. With expert care from our vets and nursing team, Mitzi was looking much brighter after just a few days.


Mitzi recovering in the hospital after surgery.

Mitzi recovering in the hospital after surgery


Mitzi in her cat igloo

Mitzi in her cat igloo


Enjoying some TLC from Claudia, Willows Assistant Nurse Manager (Medical)

Enjoying some TLC from Claudia, Willows Assistant Nurse Manager (Medical)


Unfortunately Mitzi’s owners were not found - even after extensive investigation. She has now been re-homed with a relative of one of our nurses. She has been renamed Athena, is a little timid and a little camera shy in her new home, but is settling in well. This beautiful girl got her well-deserved fairy tale ending.

We will keep you updated with her progress and some photos in her new loving home.