One little kitty should be counting how many lives he has left after being found impaled by three metal fence posts this week. The poor cat was spotted in Cricklewood, north west London on Friday by a concerned passerby who heard miaowing and looked up to find the ginger pet stuck on top of a set of eight-foot tall railings. The RSPCA were called to the scene around 3.50am but needed to call for bigger firepower after struggling to free the cat. Firefighters were called to help out and brought their car-crash rescue machines to cut away the section of fence that the cat was stuck on, and took him in for emergency surgery where he made a remarkable recovery.
RSPCA inspectors are stumped as to how the cat ended up stuck on the three posts, but are hoping it was an accident and nothing more sinister. Deputy chief inspector Nicole Broster, who attended the horrific scene, said:
"When I took the emergency call about a cat impaled on fence posts, I was extremely worried and couldn't believe that the cat was still alive. When I got there I was incredibly shocked - in all my years with the RSPCA I have never seen anything like it. This poor cat literally had two metal posts protruding through his body. I was amazed that this lovely affectionate boy was still alive and I knew I had to get him urgent help in order to give him the best chance of survival. I realised that trying to remove him from the railings myself was not a viable option and could have caused him eve more damage. I phoned the London Fire Brigade and asked them to attend with their specialist equipment in the hope they could cut the metal railings and we could get the cat a vet as quickly as possible. The fire service were absolutely fantastic and I cannot thank them enough. Not only did they cut the railings, they also transported the cat to the nearest vets in Hendon as the railings wouldn't fit in my vehicle. They even stayed to help at the vets by holding up the heavy railings so I could comfort the poor cat while the vet examined him and prepared for emergency surgery."
After the operation on Friday, the vet discovered that the fence posts had completely missed all of the major organs. One pierced his back leg, one pierced his abdomen and one went straight through the area containing it's vital organs. The male ginger and white cat is not microchipped, so the RSPCA are making enquiries into the owners. The hopes are that the cat could have slipped or jumped from a nearby balcony, rather than that the animal was abused. DCI Broster praised the cat for his friendly attitude, and said he was very brave: "He was so brave, continuously purring and nudging me whilst I comforted him despite his horrendous ordeal. The only time he ever cried was if I had to leave him to help with his treatment. It's an absolute miracle that this cat is alive, and even better, it's looking like he won't even have to have the damaged leg amputated. In fact, he is doing so well he's already up on his feet and walking which is astounding, I can't quite believe how lucky he is." The vets have done an amazing job in saving the furry boy's life and he'll be officially moved to an RSPCA hospital later this week for further care.