Ask the Vet: When cats go out to play . . .

PUBLISHED: 13:05 23 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:05 23 January 2017

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Indie the cat survives a serious road accident with eight lives intact

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As daylight hours lengthen we can look past the gloom of winter to warm spring and summer days. Our feline companions are no different from us, and relish the opportunity to roam through sunny days and temperate evenings. It is perhaps no surprise then, that the majority of our serious trauma cases are seen at this time of year.

Indi, the most handsome of Bengal cats, proved a perfect, although unfortunate, example of this seasonal phenomenon. Found in great discomfort and unable to walk in the garden of his owner one August evening, it was clear that something very serious had happened. Indi’s owner, Dominic, rushed him to his closest emergency vets in Colchester.

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He was stabilised and sent to his usual vets the following day. X-rays confirmed extensive injuries sustained following a suspected road traffic accident, which included a fracture of his pelvis and a shattered left thigh bone including the left hip. Given the nature of his injuries he was sent to Christchurch Referrals forthwith.

With attention to detail, Indi’s pelvis and left thigh bone were reconstructed using tiny locking plates designed for this purpose. The before and after X-rays show the complexity of Indi’s injuries and their meticulous repair. Following several weeks of recuperation, Indi’s fractures had completely healed and he looks forward to another summer with one of his nine lives expended.

Dominic is overjoyed with Indi’s recovery. In his words: “Christchurch Referrals were absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Since Indi has been home, he has recovered fantastically well and is back to his usual self. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to Christchurch Referrals with Indi or any other animal, if needed. Thank you from both Indi and myself!”

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