HERE’S a tale bound to make melt your heart.
This dear little kitten was found wandering the streets of Southsea with severe burns across her head, neck and back.
Obviously in distress and without a home, she was taken to the PDSA Pet Hospital in Waterlooville.
Her wounds were so bad staff considered putting her to sleep, but the kitty showed so much spirit and energy they felt they had to give her a chance and put her through treatment.
Now five-month-old Ruby – as she is now known – has a new, loving home after being taken in by Natalie Lodge, 18, who was on a work placement as a veterinary care assistant at the hospital.
Natalie, who lives in Waterlooville, said Ruby’s injuries were devastating.
She’s such a cheeky character I’m so grateful to PDSA for helping herNatalie Lodge
She said: ‘It was shocking seeing her back and her head. It was all bald, really sore and raw. But she’s just so playful, you couldn’t imagine how much pain she was in.’
Pet hospital vet Federica Falliva said it was impossible to know how or why she was injured.
She said: ‘The pattern indicates some kind of liquid so we think it is a chemical burn of some sort.
‘The extent of her injuries was so severe that we did consider whether it would be kindest to put her to sleep.
‘But she was so bright and courageous, despite the pain she must have been in, they felt compelled to give her a chance.’
Ruby’s recovery has involved weeks of pain relief, daily wound flushes, eye drops, antibiotics and cream applications.
Natalie said: ‘She’s been home with me for a few weeks now. She still has to wear her collar but she’s healing really well.
‘Her fur is even starting to grow back.
‘She’s such a cheeky character I’m so grateful to PDSA for helping her.’
And now Ruby might be on her way to stardom.
The kitten has been nominated for a gong in the PDSA’s Pet Survivor Awards, which features pets who’ve dodged disaster and beaten the odds thanks to the skill of vet teams, the love of their owners and their own spirit of survival.
Pet owners can nominate their pet can enter online at pdsa.org.uk/petsurvivor.