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Brave stray recovers from agony of overgrown claws

Poppet the 15-year-old who is recovering after her claws were digging into her flesh

Poppet the 15-year-old who is recovering after her claws were digging into her flesh

An elderly cat found in agony after her overgrown claws became embedded in her paws is recovering after being handed in to Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre in Chelwood Gate.

Tortoiseshell Poppet, who is thought to be around 15-years-old, was found cowering among bracken by a dog walker on Chailey Common in an appalling condition.

Not only was she severely malnourished and dehydrated, her claws had become so long they had curled around and grown into the flesh of her paws, leaving her in agonising pain. She weighed in at just 2.5kg – her ideal weight should be 3.5kg.

National Cat Adoption Centre’s deputy manager Tania Marsh, said Poppet was in such a dreadful condition she would not have survived more than a few days had she not been found.

“I’ve never seen claws like it, they had become so overgrown they had curled around and become deeply embedded in the flesh of her pads,” she said.

“The pain must have been indescribable and she was having great difficulty walking or even standing.

“Most cats are able to keep their claws trim by themselves. However some cats, particularly older ones, will need their nails clipped – it’s a simple procedure that a vet can teach owners to do themselves.”

Poppet is being cared for by staff at the National Cat Adoption Centre while the wounds on her paws heal. She is one of nearly 200 cats at the centre looking for a new home. To find out more about adopting a cat, call 01825 741330.

 

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