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Vince makes full recovery after sun damage scare

05 May 2019
Vince makes full recovery after sun damage scare Rescue cat Vince has had both of his ears removed after developing skin cancer through sun exposure.

The unwanted cat came into Cats Protection Gateshead and Newcastle branch’s care last year after living as a stray and needed surgery almost immediately.

But the ginger and white moggie – dubbed Vincat Van Gogh due to his lack of ears – bounced back from his difficult year and has now found a forever home.

“He’s honestly just the best little creature,” explained owner Ruth Armstrong. “Losing his ears hasn’t stopped him being the most loving cat I’ve ever met – everyone he meets is a potential new friend.”

“As soon as you lie down in bed, Vince is right there for cuddles,” she added. “Nothing makes him purr louder than when you pull him to you in a tight bear hug. If you fall asleep not cuddling him he will force himself under your arm.”

With summer just around the corner, the charity is reminding cat owners to protect their pets from UV rays to prevent their cat developing skin cancer.

Like many of us, cats love the warm weather and enjoy lounging around in the sun. However, just as with humans, too much sun exposure can be very dangerous and owners should take precautions to protect their cats.

Cats with white or pale coloured ears or noses are particularly susceptible to the sun’s harmful rays – with some cats, like Vince, needing drastic surgery to remove sun-damaged skin.

“He can still hear just as well as any other cat but he can’t orientate the sound anymore – if you’re to his right and make a sound he’ll look left,” said Ruth. “The only difference between him and a ‘normal’ cat is that I have to be careful about letting him out in the sun. He gets kept indoors during the hottest parts of the day.”

Cats Protection advises that the best way to protect your cat during the summer is to keep them indoors between 10am and 3pm. If that’s not possible, then provide sources of shade in your garden using cat-friendly plants and allow access to a shed or outhouse if possible. You can also speak to your vet about an appropriate feline-friendly sunblock.

For more information about keeping your cat safe in the summer, visit: https://www.cats.org.uk/help-and-advice/cats-and-warm-weather