Saturday 25 March 2017

Shinji the cat back on his feet after bird-watching fall

PDSA vet Duncan Senior with Shinji the cat who was back on his paws just 24 hours after breaking his front legs when he fell out of a window while bird-watching (Julian Brown/PDSA/PA)
PDSA vet Duncan Senior with Shinji the cat who was back on his paws just 24 hours after breaking his front legs when he fell out of a window while bird-watching (Julian Brown/PDSA/PA)

An undaunted cat was back on his paws just 24 hours after breaking his front legs when he fell out of a window while bird-watching.

Vets who treated the one-year-old animal, named Shinji, at the PDSA's Stoke Pet Hospital said he showed a "fighting spirit" to walk again with the help of complex surgery and steel fixings held together by orthopaedic putty.

The external "fixators" are still in place a month after the black-and-white cat plunged 40ft from a kitchen window at his owner's home in Clayton, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

PDSA senior vet Duncan Senior said: "Thankfully we only see a very small number of cats who have been unlucky enough to break two legs at the same time.

"Shinji's X-rays showed clear breaks and his surgery was complex because of where the bone had fractured.

"Just 24 hours after the operation he was up on his feet again, albeit with the external fixators holding his broken bones in place.

"He's a very strong cat and he's doing remarkably well."

Shinji's owner, Hannah Hancock, 21, said: "He will often make a clicking noise at the birds while watching them through the window and he must have somehow pushed it open to try and chase them, and fallen.

"Despite everything that's happened he still likes to watch them but we've ensured the windows are locked and secure now so he can't do it again."

Ms Hancock added: "I was absolutely hysterical and so shocked at what had happened. I can't thank PDSA enough for everything they've done - they've saved Shinji's life and I can never repay them for that."

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