Tattered Tom has been handed into Gables Dogs and Cats Home as as his owners were expecting a new baby and were concerned that the cat would make the baby ill and get the baby dirty!
His fur was matted, greasy and heavily discoloured – the result of not being able to groom himself. This has also left him with a rather distinctive odour. He was born with a cleft lip, which makes eating and breathing normally much more difficult for him.
This poor old boy will require immediate treatment for dental disease, blood tests to see if he has any underlying conditions and basic care such as vaccinations, flea and worm treatment. He also has a grade 4 heart murmur, which will require treatment once fit enough.
Tattered Tom has done nothing wrong, he is just one of the thousands of unlucky pets that find themselves needing a new home each year, due to a change in their owner’s circumstances. Sadly this trend is likely to increase when people start to go back to work once the pandemic is under control and we come out of lockdown.
If we are lucky enough to raise more money than is needed it will go towards helping the other animals in their care.