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Appeal to find two-year-old cat Princess a new home after she was found badly wounded in Romford

PUBLISHED: 09:30 30 July 2018

The RSPCA has urged pet owners to check their animal's collar is suitable after two-year-old cat Princess was found badly wounded by hers in Romford. Photo: RSPCA

The RSPCA has urged pet owners to check their animal's collar is suitable after two-year-old cat Princess was found badly wounded by hers in Romford. Photo: RSPCA

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The RSPCA is searching for a new forever home for a two-year-old cat found abandoned on the streets of Romford with severe wounds caused by a dangerous collar.

The RSPCA has urged pet owners to check their animal's collar is suitable after two-year-old cat Princess was found badly wounded by hers in Romford. Photo: RSPCAThe RSPCA has urged pet owners to check their animal's collar is suitable after two-year-old cat Princess was found badly wounded by hers in Romford. Photo: RSPCA

Princess was found in Romford by an RSPCA inspector in April, and had been wandering the town’s streets with a gaping wound under her armpit where she had caught her leg within her flea collar.

The member of the public who found her managed to cut the tight collar free but underneath poor Princess had sore, open and smelly wounds around her neck and leg.

She was treated with dressings until the wound was clean and ready to be stitched. The veterinary staff then used a new technique which involved stretching the skin from the side of the chest to cover the wound.

The wound healed well and Princess was transferred to RSPCA Southall Cattery for rehoming on May 10.

The RSPCA has urged pet owners to check their animal's collar is suitable after two-year-old cat Princess was found badly wounded by hers in Romford. Photo: RSPCAThe RSPCA has urged pet owners to check their animal's collar is suitable after two-year-old cat Princess was found badly wounded by hers in Romford. Photo: RSPCA

Sadly, collar injuries like this are not uncommon and this is why the RSPCA is urging owners to buy safe collars which will not injure their cats in this way.

Elasticated collars, or collars with buckles, as well as most flea collars, which do not release without human help can leave cats struggling to free themselves when their legs become stuck, or they become trapped by a tree branch or other object - causing horrific injuries.

Sam Watson, cat welfare expert at the RSPCA, said: “Princess and her story serves as an important reminder to cat owners to only use quick release collars on their pets as other collars can be lethal.

“All too often we get called to cats that have become injured due to a collar as there are too many dangerous collars on sale.

“We would strongly advise against purchasing a collar with buckles that don’t snap open, or collars made from elastic.”

Since Princess arrived at the cattery her fur has now grown back and the staff have been able to get to know her a little better.

She is looking for an adult-only home and would prefer to be the only-cat. Princess would also prefer not to share her humans with a dog.

Aneel Odhwani, animal care assistant at RSPCA Southall Cattery added: “Princess really does live up to her name as this regal puss loves nothing more than being spoilt rotten. She likes things to be just so and likes to be approached calmly and gently though she can be confident when she trusts you.”

To give Princess a loving home contact RSPCA Southall Cattery on 0300 123 0746 or to rehome any of the cats in our care, visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet

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