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Abused Kamloops cat nearly recovered; released from vet care

Skitter B's spirits are high despite his injuries
March 14, 2016 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - If you’ve wondered what happened to the Kamloops cat discovered abused and covered in blood, there’s some good news to report. Skitter B has made tremendous progress in his recovery and was returned to the local SPCA branch last week.

“He’s done very well,” veterinarian Dr. Diane McKelvey says. “All through the whole thing he stayed nice and friendly… the cat is just a champ."

Staff at the animal shelter appealed to the public for donations to help the tom cat after he was found beaten and covered in urine on someone’s front step. While it remains a mystery what happened, SPCA members and veterinarians at the Aberdeen Veterinary Clinic suspect the cat was held by the tail and kicked.

The injuries resulted in an inflamed bladder and a damaged tail. For the last few weeks the cat’s condition was touch and go while vet technicians kept watch on the cat’s bladder control.

McKelvey says there’s still the odd accident, but remains optimistic the cat’s condition will only continue to improve. She says his tail function has returned somewhat, but if it isn’t fully functioning they may have to amputate.

“It might be necessary down the road, only if the nerves don’t come back,” she says.

McKelvey says donations from the veterinary hospital and financial contributions from members of the public have helped cut costs for Skitter B’s vet bill.

Alyssa Kyllo with Kamloops SPCA says the cat won't be adopted out yet while they wait for his condition to improve. She says several interested parties have come forward to try and home the cat. Kyllo says they're waiting to determine what home would be most appropriate for the cat. 

Because of the generous donations, the branch was able to pay for Skitter B's vet care costs along with dental surgery for two cats and two dogs. 

For more stories and video on Skitter B, click here.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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