Trudie after recovery
A cat that has been called a “miracle” after being hit by a bus for 16 days is now looking for a new home after five months of healthy grooming.
The tortoiseshell cat Trudie suffered catastrophic head injuries when she was hit by a bus on March 14 in Luton, Bedfordshire. A passerby tried to help the young stray cat, but she was frightened and ran away.
Animal care assistant Amy Hearne and volunteer Katie Duncan – who both work at the RSPCA Southridge Animal Center in Hertfordshire – were eager to find the poor cat. They have posted posters, posted calls on social media, contacted local veterinarians and charities, posted leaflets to households and businesses in the area, and worked with Cat Welfare Luton to find them.
She was finally discovered on March 30th by a local business owner who contacted the RSPCA. Sixteen days after she was hit and seriously injured, she was caught and taken to a local veterinary clinic for life-saving treatment.
Amy explained, “Her facial injuries had made her unable to eat, leaving her weak and exhausted and in such great pain. She spent a week with the vets, where she underwent life-saving surgery to remove her eye and weld her jaw back together. I can’t believe she survived that long; she is a little fighter. “
The first week the cat was tube fed and when she was moved to Southridge’s cattery, the staff looked after her around the clock so that she could eat normally and help her back on her paws.
Amy said, “Trudie is a miracle, so we gave her a very special name; Trudie, after St. Gertrud, the patron saint of cats. We spent months helping Trudie recover and build her strength and we all fell in love with her.
“She is cheeky, loving and playful; She is such a character and will bring so much joy to the right family. She’s still young and loves to play, but she’s also a real cuddle bug and will curl up on your lap within seconds of sitting down.
“She loves mealtimes – which is hardly surprising with everything she’s been through – and is very talkative; she will surely let you know when she is hungry! She may be a little cat, but she has a big personality. “
Southridge Assistant Manager Mona Jorgensen added, “Trudie lost one of her eyes in the accident so she needs a safe home. She is nervous in traffic and finds the noise of vehicles driving by quite scary, so we want to find her a quiet, rural home where she can enjoy the peace and quiet.
“After all that this little miracle has gone through and overcome, we can’t wait to move her to a wonderful new home to live her life loved and pampered!”
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