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Toby Purrs for all the Right Reasons

I would like to tell you about a little cat that I met a few weeks ago. Toby was admitted into our hospital after being hit by a car. When I first saw Toby, he was resting comfortably in an intensive care pen, but it was hard not to notice the large, blue bruise on his belly. The fur on his belly had been clipped the day before when Toby was rushed into Theatre for life-saving surgery.

When Toby first presented, our vet was on hand to examine him. Toby was purring, but not for the right reasons. Cats will often purr when they are distressed… and Toby was definitely distressed.  Toby’s right hind leg was injured but the vet was more concerned that Toby was having difficulty breathing. There was an abnormal bulge on Toby’s left side and the vet could feel that Toby’s internal organs were not where they should be.

Toby xray

Being the weekend, our surgical unit was closed. Nevertheless, the Theatre was opened and prepared for Toby’s emergency surgery. When the vet opened Toby up, she could see the extent of his injuries. Without going into too much detail (not good for those who are squeamish!), Toby’s injuries caused his intestines to move up, crowding his lungs and compromising his ability to breath. Our vet and nurse worked hard to repair the damage caused by the car… and they did an amazing job!

Toby was nursed intensively for the next 48 hours. His recovery was smooth and speedy and soon he was moved out of intensive care and into our hospital cat ward.  Toby needed a second surgery to repair his leg and, a week later, the vets decided he was well enough to undergo the surgery. Amazingly, two days after this surgery, Toby was already starting to use his injured leg again!

While he was our patient, I was a regular visitor! It was so lovely to see him happy and comfortable. He loved the attention and would tell you with his loud purrs… happy purrs…finally, purrs for all the right reasons…



Update: Toby spent a few weeks with one of our amazing foster parents, resting and recovering from his accident. With the care and comfort provided by his foster carers, Toby was finally ready to find his “forever home”. Toby was recently made available for adoption and found his “forever” home within 24 hours!


Rosie gets Stuck!

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Have you ever been stuck between a rock and a hard place? How about between two fences? Well, recently our Ambulance driver brought in a cat who had found herself in that very predicament. The poor little thing was jammed in the narrow space between two fences upside down, her paws facing upwards. And judging by her condition, it was likely that she had been there for some time.

Vicki our Vet was on hand to examine the little blue cream tortoiseshell cat when she arrived at the Vet Hospital. The cat, now named Rosie, was dehydrated and cold. She also had terrible cuts on her hind legs that were so painful that she found it difficult to stand and walk.

Vicki started Rosie on intravenous fluids and administered antibiotics and pain medication to help ease Rosie’s pain. Rosie was then placed in an intensive care pen so that she could have her temperature closely monitored as she was actively warmed. It took a little over two hours for Rosie’s temperature to rise to a normal value.

Over the next 24 hours, Rosie was intensively nursed. Rosie’s appetite was poor and the nurses’ syringe fed her a critical care diet. Rosie’s wounds were kept clean and her dressings changed daily. The Vets decided to take some blood from Rosie and run a blood test to ensure that there were no underlying issues and thankfully the results were normal. After a couple of days of intensive care, Rosie finally started to show signs of improvement. She started to eat enthusiastically and enjoy a good cuddle!

Rosie is still very skinny and her wounds have not completely healed, but she is now well enough to be discharged into the care of one of our lovely Foster Parents. In foster care she will continue to recover and gain condition and weight.

Rosie found herself between a rock and a hard place, but she survived with courage and spirit! And when she has fully recovered we will find her a wonderful “forever” home.

Update: Rosie has found a new home!


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