10-month old cat, Leya, needed emergency care following a suspected road traffic accident.

Leya, a young 10-month old cat, needed emergency treatment from PDSA vets after her owner found her injured and hiding underneath a car.

When 10-month-old Leya didn’t come home, her owner, Aaliyah Miah (27) from Birmingham, began to worry.  

One Sunday morning, Aaliyah let her beautiful young cat Leya outside as usual. When it went dark and Leya hadn’t returned home, her concerns grew; it wasn’t like her not to come home. So she went in search of her, called her name, and then she heard Leya crying from across the road.  

Aaliyah said: “I followed her cry and she was hiding underneath a car. I shook her treats and she still didn’t come to me. So I bent down and got her out from under the car with help from a neighbour. When I took her home, I gently put her on the floor and it was clear she couldn’t walk; it was so upsetting to see her like that. I called my local PDSA Pet Hospital for help and they asked to see her straight away.” 

On examination, Leya was alert but was in pain around her hips and tail. Her heart rate was faster than normal and she was dehydrated. She was put onto a drip and given pain relief.  

A PDSA vet said: “Leya’s injuries were consistent with a road traffic accident. To assess the full extent of the damage, we carried out x-rays which showed three fractures to her pelvis. We were deeply concerned about damage to her bladder and her ability to urinate, so we kept her at Oldbury PDSA overnight for close monitoring.” 

Thankfully, the following day, Leya was much brighter and she had managed to pee in her litter tray, which was a huge relief. She was showing progress as she was trying to move around and was eating well. PDSA vets discharged her with pain relief, laxatives and six weeks’ cage rest to allow her pelvis to heal. 

Vets examining Leya

Aaliyah said: “When I went to collect Leya from PDSA, I saw her little eyes light up. I was so relieved that she had survived and to be reunited with her. The whole team were amazing; I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done to help Leya.” 

Little Leya isn’t out of the woods just yet, she has a way to go before her pelvis is completely healed and she’s back to her usual sassy self.  

PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity. Through our 48 Pet Hospitals and Pet Care scheme, we save the lives of poorly pets who would otherwise be left untreated.

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