Owner sought for cat with no tail

Injured cat's owner yet to come forward

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 09/01/2014
CAT WITH NO TAIL
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ

ON THE MEND: Vetlife nurse Sara Powell calms a lost cat brought to Vetlife, after an operation to have its tail amputated yesterday.

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A lost moggy is now missing her tail but is on the mend after being found badly injured.

The black and white domestic cat, whose owner is yet to come forward, was taken to Vetlife Timaru by concerned vet clients on Saturday and required an operation to fix a "degloving injury" to her tail.

Degloving is when the tail is skinned and all that is left of the tail is bone, tendon and nerve.

Vet nurse Sara Powell said about three-quarters of the cat's tail was affected. The cat had developed a fever and needed the tail removed yesterday before it could become infected.

Miss Powell said the cat was experiencing some pain but could now stand up and should not need any more operations.

Vet Amber Everett, who did the operation, was out walking on Saturday morning and saw the cat get hit by a car. The cat ran off after being hit and Dr Everett said she looked through gardens in the area but was not able to find her.

She said the cat was "very smoochy" and had been someone's pet. The staff did not know the cat's name, but some were calling her Boots and others, Missy.

They would keep the cat at the clinic for seven days and if no one claimed her they would try to re-home her.

The black and white cat, with white paws, was found on the corner of Otipua Road and Kiwi Drive without a collar or micro-chip.

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