"Tigger" - Cat in Traffic Accident
Now that Spring has finally sprung and my small pond is filled with frog spawn (almost 4 weeks later than last year) our feline friends are renegotiating their territories. Sadly, youngsters like Tigger,at only 12 months of age, are new to this concept and their inexperience can cost them and their owners dearly.
Unfamiliarity with the hazards that other cats can pose when straying onto real estate which has already been claimed may sometimes necessitate a hasty retreat. Unfortunately this can mean a mad dash across a busy road with life threatening consequences.
In this particular instance Tigger did escape with his life but the crushing injuries sustained caused a severe inguinal abdominal rupture and a broken back leg.
Fortunately for us the capacity of young cats to survive major trauma and then pull through extensive surgery as if nothing had happened is always bewildering. Tigger was no exception to the "nine lives" rule and the nurses are always greatly relieved to see a patient like him scoffing their dinner within hours of waking up from the anaesthetic.
We can but hope that lessons will have been learned and that at the very least Tigger, unlike his namesake, will try to stay out of mischief!