Kitten with fused jaw on the mend after life-saving op

09 December 2015
Kitten with fused jaw on the mend after life-saving op

9 December 2015

Cats Protection’s Wear Valley & Darlington Branch has launched an appeal to fund a life-saving operation for a young cat with a fused jaw.

Six-month-old Pip is being cared for by the charity and has undergone a vital operation to allow her to eat properly.

Pip’s owners realised there was a problem when, as a kitten, she was not developing as she should be and was small and underweight for her age. 

Examination by a vet showed that Pip was unable to open her mouth more than a couple of millimetres, meaning she had to be syringe-fed, and x-rays showed that her jaw bone was completely fused to her skull.

Pip’s owners contacted Cats Protection and she was taken in by the charity's Wear Valley & Darlington Branch on 21 October 2015.

“We never give up on a cat if it has the chance of a happy life so we decided to seek help for Pip,” said branch co-ordinator, Marion Maychell.

“On 6 November she underwent surgery to give her a moveable jaw. The vet has done incredible work. She is recovering well and eating properly for the first time, although she will never be able to yawn fully like a normal cat.”

Alasdair Frost, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Wear Referrals in Bradbury, who operated on Pip, said: “It’s likely that Pip suffered some trauma to her jaw when she was younger that caused the jaw to fuse as it attempted to heal, a condition called Ankylosis.

“This is really quite rare – Pip’s is the only case of the jaw fusing like this that I’ve seen in my 12 and a half years working as a veterinary surgeon.”

The charity is now desperate to raise the £3,000 needed to cover the cost of Pip’s operation and follow up care.

Marion added: “As a charity that relies entirely on donations, we are asking cat lovers in the area to give as much as they can to help Pip.”

If you would like to help Pip, please visit the Just Giving page here or text PPCP55 followed by the amount you would like to donate (e.g. PPCP55 £5) to 70070.

Any money raised in excess of the fundraising target will be used to help other cats currently in branch’s care.

Please note that Pip will not be offered for adoption until she has fully recovered.

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For further information, including photos of Pip and scan images of her skull before and after surgery, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911, at, or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.

Notes to Editors

  1. Photo credit: Richardsons
  2. Cats Protection’s Wear Valley & Darlington Branch is part of a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres that help over 205,000 cats each year.
  3. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  4. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
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