Leicester cat loses one of his nine lives in horrific Road Traffic Accident

10 November 2017

Hit and run leaves Perci with three broken paws

Perci the cat, a two-year-old tabby, was rushed to Leicester PDSA Pet Hospital for emergency veterinary treatment after being hit by a car and suffering life-threatening injuries.

At PDSA Perci was immediately given pain relief and made comfortable so he could be X-rayed. Our veterinary staff then had to inform his worried owner, Charlotte Cunningham (23), that he’d broken three of his legs.

Charlotte said: “We found Perci screaming and wailing, making a sound that I’ve never heard a cat make before. He was in a horrific state. The vets at PDSA warned us that Perci was in shock and that there was a high chance he may not pull through because his injuries were so severe. The next few days were critical as to whether he’d make it.” 

Thankfully, Perci is a fighter and after a few days recovering from his ordeal and building up his strength he was operated on to repair his three broken legs. Over the next seven days, Perci had three major operations in a bid to save his life. 

Charlotte added: “It would have been unthinkable to put Perci down, he’s my world. I have autism so I bond better with animals than I do people. PDSA did everything they could to save him. I’m so glad, and so thankful.

“He’s been through the wars and it was very touch and go. Thankfully he’s making a slow but steady recovery. He lost nearly 1kg, a lot of weight for a cat, but he’s started to put the weight back on and looks more like his normal self. He’s loving the attention he’s getting, that’s for sure!”

PDSA veterinary surgeon, Chris Sherwood, who was part of the PDSA team who treated Perci said: “He sustained terrible injuries. It’s very rare to see a cat with three badly broken legs. But he’s strong and while his injury means he may never gain full mobility of his back right leg, he has lots of life in him yet. We’re so pleased he’s making such a brilliant recovery.”

Chris added: “Treatment of emergencies, such as Perci’s, are possible due to the generous funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Thanks to their invaluable support, we’re able to provide thousands of life-saving treatments across the UK.”

Charlotte concluded: “I’m so grateful to the PDSA team in Leicester who did all they could for him. I wanted to give something back so I set up a fundraising page to help pay the charity back for some of Perci’s life-saving treatment. With the support of friends and family, we have raised an amazing £1,300 for PDSA. I’m over the moon they can carry on treating other animals like Perci. ‘Thank you’ doesn’t cover how grateful I am.”

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