Kitten dodges death after being trapped under a car bonnet

PDSA vets have saved an eight-month-old kitten called Albert after becoming trapped under the bonnet of a moving car for twenty minutes.

Mischievous moggy Albert found shelter under the stationary car bonnet on a cold winter’s day.

Not realising he had a stowaway on board, the driver got into the vehicle, started the engine and set off, trapping poor Albert. The car was travelling for around twenty minutes before the driver realised something wasn’t right.

Poor Albert was found terrified inside the car bonnet. The driver managed to retrieve the frightened kitten, and he went to PDSA immediately.

PDSA vet, Jessica Stirling, said: “When Albert was rushed into us at Sheffield PDSA Pet Hospital, we couldn’t believe he was trapped in a moving car for so long! We gave him pain relief and fluids right away to make him comfortable before he was anaesthetised to assess the full extent of his injuries.

Images showing the extent of Alberts wounds and injuries, with his front leg almost completely severed

“His wounds were very severe. He had lacerations over most of the left part of his body, with his front left leg almost completely severed. Astonishingly, x-rays showed there was no major trauma to his chest or internal organs. We had no choice but to amputate his leg and clean and repair the horrific injuries down his left side.”

After surgery, Albert stayed at the Pet Hospital for four days receiving around the clock care, pain relief, fluids and antibiotics, before going home. But Albert wasn’t out of the woods just yet.

Unfortunately, while he was recovering, he developed an infection, which can be a complication during the healing of traumatic wounds. Albert needed further surgery at PDSA to manage the infection.

Fortunately, after lots of treatment by the dedicated PDSA vet team, special care at home, and plenty of medications and pain relief, Albert is making a steady recovery and adapting well to life on three legs.

Albert lying down and recovering after his ordeal

His owner said: “Albert is doing really well. Despite only having three legs, he’s running up the stairs and jumps on the sofa easily. Even after his traumatic experience, he is so incredibly affectionate and loves nothing more than snuggling up on my lap. He’s also very playful; he loves to play with his toys!”

Albert fully recovered at home

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