Cat found collapsed on an Ipswich doorstep after collar leaves it with deep holes in neck
16:59 05 October 2015
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.”