But thanks to a kind member of the public who alerted volunteers at Cats Protection’s Gwent Branch to his plight, Bobcat received the lifesaving veterinary treatment he so desperately needed.
“Poor Bobcat was in a terrible state when we first saw him - his tail was snapped in half and it looked extremely painful,” said Cats Protection’s Gwent Branch co-ordinator Glynis Davies.
Cats Protection volunteers took Bobcat, a tabby and white semi-long haired cat, to Summerhill Veterinary Centre, Newport, for emergency treatment.
How he was injured remains a mystery, but his tail was so badly broken that vets decided to amputate it.
Glynis said: “Thankfully Bobcat soon recovered from the operation so he’s now bright eyed, just not quite as bushy-tailed as he once was.
“He’s managing extremely well without a tail and is very friendly and affectionate.”
After he was found on Tuesday 5 March, Bobcat, who’s believed to be about three-years-old, was initially cared for by a local volunteer cat fosterer.
He has now been moved to a Cats Protection Adoption Centre in south-west England where it’s hoped he’ll find a permanent home locally.
If you’d like to support the Cats Protection Gwent Branch in their work to help cats like Bobcat, you can donate via their Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gcpskippy
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