Lets help Hope



Kitten almost starved to death after eating hairbands

An underweight stray kitten almost lost her nine lives after eating more than a handful of hairbands. 


The tiny cat who is believed to be around five months old has been named Hope by staff at Cats Protection’s Birmingham Adoption Centre where she was taken in a cardboard box by a kind member of the public after she was found collapsed in a garden.


Paula Beswick, deputy manager, was at the centre when Hope arrived. She says: “The poor girl seemed lifeless and nothing more than skin and bones. When Hope did try to walk, she was very unsteady. We rushed her immediately to the vets who put her straight onto fluid and antibiotic drips.”


Hope was taken to Your Vets in Olton where she was found to weigh just 1.59kg, the weight of a kitten half her age. She was extremely dehydrated and malnourished but with no evident injuries. Hope was nursed and supported to gain strength but she was still extremely poorly with no clear cause for her symptoms.


After various investigations, an ultrasound revealed a mass in Hope’s intestines. With her liver beginning to shut down, Hope was too weak to survive an operation to remove the mass or even have much blood taken and it was unclear whether she would survive.


Luckily after five days of intensive nursing Hope was strong enough to have the operation and 21 hairbands were removed from her intestine.


Paula says: “Hope must be a little fighter as she pulled through well after the bands were removed. She has been through such a lot in her young life already. We don’t know how the hairbands got there. We can only imagine that somebody was playing with her and using the hairbands as a toy which she was mistakenly swallowing or simply eating them because she was so hungry.”


Hope’s case highlights the importance of using appropriately designed toys to play with cats and never leaving them alone with anything that could be mistakenly swallowed such as hairbands, ribbons or buttons.


Paula adds: “We cannot thank the vets and vet nurses at Your Vets enough, they tried every option to uncover what was wrong with Hope and fought so hard to keep her alive. Blood tests have shown that all her organs are now working well. She is such a sweet girl - still very underweight and needs lots of monitoring and encouragement to eat small frequent meals however we are quietly confident that she will make a full recovery.”


Hope’s surgery and care costs of in excess £4,000 and she is just one of the many cats that arrive at the centre each year in need of significant vet care.  Anyone wishing to donate towards Hope’s vet care or the care of other cats at the centre should visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/summerappeal2022-birminghamadoptioncentre


Once Hope has fully recovered her details will be posted on the centre’s website, www.cats.org.uk/birmingham, and she will be found a loving home. 

***UPDATE***  Hope is making a remarkable recovery, she is now eating well and her blood results are now normal.  She has put on 1/2 a kilo since being in our care......  GO HOPE xxx