KAMLOOPS - Skitter B, the cat found with major injuries after someone held him up by the tail and kicked him, is still in recovery at the Aberdeen Veterinary Clinic, but it will take a couple weeks to determine if he will be able to survive his injuries. If not, he’ll be put down.
The cat was rushed to the SPCA after a Good Samaritan found him covered in blood and urine last week. Valerie Wilson, from the Kamloops SPCA branch, says it appears someone held the cat up by his tail and drop-kicked him. The cat's spine was fractured and his bladder was full of blood.
“He was really sweet and just a tiny bit nervous,” Wilson says.
Since arriving at the clinic, Skitter B has been exposed to a number of procedures. He was neutered and to assist his bladder each day, doctors have to sedate him and give him a new catheter. If prognosis is good, he’ll likely have his tail amputated due to the damaged nerves in his spine.
“It’s a hurry up and wait,” Wilson says.
If the cat is unable to urinate on his own within a couple of weeks, unfortunately he’ll be put down. If his health status remains positive, he’ll soon be up for adoption at the Kamloops SPCA branch.
Since Skitter B’s story went public, donations have come pouring in to help support the cat. So far, the public donated $1,000 to assist with the medical costs donated by veterinarians at the Aberdeen Veterinary Clinic.
“We have a really good community here,” Wilson says.
She notes the story highlights the importance of spaying and neutering pets. While he was likely a tom cat, Wilson says Skitter B would have had a tendency to wander since he wasn’t neutered.
“These behaviours that happen with unneutered males could have been prevented,” she says.
Despite the cat's life as a stray, vet tech Hannah Iblings says Skitter B is very even tempered and is excited to interact with humans.
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