A cat who was shot “point blank” in the face and had to undergo reconstructive surgery has finally found her forever home.
The black and white cat, named Angel by RSPCA staff, was found with a large ball bearing possibly from a catapult embedded into the top of her nose passage.
The cruel attack caused the two-year-old cat significant injuries and left her with bone fragments inside her skull.
Luckily, she was rescued by RSPCA Inspector Grace Harris-Bridge after she was found by a member of the public in Throwley near Faversham in December last year.
The RSPCA investigated to try and find out how Angel received the nasty wound in what appeared to be a callous and cruel attack. No one came forward with information at the time but if anyone does have further details please call the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
Angel was taken for veterinary treatment and care at the RSPCA Canterbury branch where she underwent treatment over the last three months.
Beth Hixson, centre manager at the RSPCA Canterbury branch said: “Poor Angel had been shot point blank in the face. The ball bearing was removed but unfortunately she still had a few fragments of skull bone in her head but nothing that should cause her any long term damage.
“After her surgery, she was doing well and the wound had healed as much as it was going to but she was still left with an open hole which was a concern as she would be susceptible to infections.
“The vets made the decision to give Angel a skin graft to cover the hole and allow it to heal properly. In surgery, they cut a flap of skin from her head and pulled it over the wound to join everything up. She looked a little bit like a jigsaw puzzle when she came out of surgery but it was much better than before.”
Over the next few weeks, Angel had to wear a surgical collar until the skin graft had healed. Now Angel still has a scab on the end of her nose which will heal given more time but otherwise she has been through an amazing transformation.
Beth added: “It’s a miracle that Angel survived and now we are so happy that she has finally found her forever home with the Ingram’s.”
David and Pamela Ingram adopted Angel, now named Lucky, from the branch two weeks ago and she has been settling in very well.
David Ingram said: “Angel has come along very well. She’s still got a scab on the bottom of her nose but otherwise, the rest of her has healed really well. She’s got a lot of character, she’s lovely.”
David, a retired director of a civil engineering company, who lives in Chestfield near Whitstable, added: “Our previous cat had to be put to sleep because of kidney problems. We had decided we wouldn’t get another cat but we found that we really missed her. Our friends had adopted a kitten from the RSPCA recently but we wanted an older cat ideally. When we met Angel, we knew she was just what we wanted and she’s now become a part of our family.”
Once her nose has fully healed and there is no risk of infection, she will be ready to go outside and explore again but for now she’s settling into her new home and enjoying snoozes on the sofa