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Cat found collapsed on an Ipswich doorstep after collar leaves it with deep holes in neck

16:59 05 October 2015

Bea the cat is recovering well

Bea the cat is recovering well


A cat has been found collapsed on an Ipswich doorstep 10 days after suffering serious neck injuries caused by its own collar.

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the female black and white cat, now named Bea, was found in Byron Road in Ipswich on Sunday, September 20.

Her collar had been caught around her neck and mouth, which had caused two deep holes in her neck which had become so infected that flystrike had developed.

Bea is not microchipped and it is not known who she belongs to. She was taken straight to a vet who said the cat was likely to have been in this horrific state for at least 10 days.

RSPCA inspector Jason Finch said: “Poor Bea was in a terrible state and must have been in so much pain. She could barely even walk.

“We think the flystrike began in the mouth and spread down the neck, most likely because the collar had caused her mouth to become infected and open.

“She is now being cared for at the vets. She is still very weak, and traumatised from her ordeal, and will only eat if somebody sits with her. But she is getting stronger by the day and will hopefully make a good recovery soon.”

Inspector Finch added: “This incident serves as an important reminder to cat owners to only use collars which snap open without human help. Buckles and elasticated collars can be lethal if cats get themselves stuck somewhere. It is all very well dressing your cat up in a diamante collar so he or she looks nice - but owners have a responsibility to also make sure their animals are safe.

“We urge people to make sure they only use collars which snap open if caught on something. This can avoid horrific injuries like those Bea had.”


  • Personally, I think collars aren't necessarily a bad thing. Whilst chipping is affordable, it doesn't help you contact an owner if you have the misfortune of their cat running underneath your car at night (i.e. when veterinary surgeries are closed and may well be several miles from an emergency vets). As an owner of three cats, I would want someone to be able to contact me straightaway if one of my cats ran out in front of their car and ended up hurt (or if they didn't make it at all); all three cats also have infra-red tags on their collars for our cat flap (yes you can get microchip cat flaps, but those are expensive!). Having said that, I don't really see the point of putting collars on cats without tags.

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    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • Better still don't put collars on cats at all. Modern flea treatments are administered by drops, and a microchip identifies where it comes from. Collars are dangerous and pointless regardless of the closure

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    Sentinel Red

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • Cheap publicity for the RSPCA who are damn right awful to deal with.Their advice normally boils down to "call someone else or have the pet put down" unless theres a TV camera pointing at them.

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    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • This is headline news, OMG! With everything else that is going on in Ipswich, Suffolk, England and the world why on earth is this the top story? For the record we have an adorable pet cat.

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    Steve Blake

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • In my opinion thats the trouble with putting a collar on a cat. I have never agreed with it, it seems unfair to do it. Now that chipping is becoming easier maybe collars could be phased out. I also think its cruel to fit the collars with bells. They stop a cat doing what cats like to do, hunt. These are just my opinions and not to be taken as facts. Please do not be offended by them, they are not aimed at anyone.

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    richie w

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • "Inspector Finch added:owners have a responsibility to also make sure their animals are safe." Cats go off on their own accord so how does that work? Cats should be banned they run about on peoples land and deposit their waste in gardensflower beds. If dog owners do that its a fine. RSPCA should press the government to make it compulsory for all animals to be micro-chipped and then the owners can be traced.

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    Monday, October 5, 2015

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