SIR PURR-A-LOT's story
Sir Purr-a-lot, a three year-old black and white long haired cat, was found by the Cats Protection League with his left arm stuck through his collar and a nasty wound to his armpit. He was taken straight to the local Veterinary Clinic, where he met his devoted new owner, Amanda.
Vets at the clinic performed minor operations to de-bride and clean the wound in the hope that with care and attention it would heal on its own, when Amanda agreed to adopt him. Having been at the clinic for over 10 weeks, Amanda took pity on him, gave him a home, dressed his wound daily with Manuka honey and took him back to the vets for weekly inspections.
Despite the best efforts of Amanda and her husband to keep the wound clean, it still did not heal and multiple resistant microorganisms living in the wound were making Sir Purr-a-lot extremely ill. Fearful that they were running out of options for this poor cat, Sir Purr-a-lot was referred to the AHT for an expert surgical consultation.
Kelly Bowlt, of the AHT’s Soft Tissue Surgery team, explained that euthanasia was certainly not the only option left for this tough cat, but that she and her surgical team could perform an operation called a skin flap. This would cover the wound whilst reintroducing a blood supply to the area, which with a lot of rest, should heal well. The operation went smoothly, and Sir Purr-a-lot was able to return home five days later on strict room rest.
At first he seemed to be recovering extremely well and back to his normal self, however after a few days, it became apparent that the skin flap was not healing as expected and Sir Purr-a-lot was rushed back to the AHT. Amanda and her husband braced themselves to say goodbye to their dear friend.
However, Kelly suggested it could be repaired by performing a further procedure called an ‘omental drain’. This would involve taking a piece of the omentum, an organ within in the abdomen, and attaching it to the initial skin flap to improve the drainage of the wound and provide a natural source of immune system to the area.
Amanda and her husband decided that they couldn’t give up on Sir Purr-a-lot just yet, and to try one last attempt to fix the wound which had caused Sir Purr-a-lot so much suffering over the past nine months. After a further 10 days at the AHT to ensure that the second surgical site had healed properly, Sir Purr-a-lot was discharged home.
After six weeks of room rest where he could not jump or climb, Kelly was satisfied with the way the wound had healed and was able to remove Sir Purr-a-lot’s stitches. She said: “I’m so glad that Amanda and her husband opted for the second procedure; they had already been through so much caring for Sir Purr-a-lot daily, but they didn’t give up on him, which shows a tremendous amount of devotion to this once, stray cat.
“I’m delighted that we were able to help and that Sir Purr-a-lot is now living a normal, happy life again, free from injury with his family. He’s a very lucky boy.”
Looking back at the treatment, Amanda says: “Sir Purr-a-lot has been through so much pain and discomfort, but he is now a fluffy, vocal, loving and gentle character adored by all who meet him. We cannot express our thanks and praise enough to Kelly Bowlt and all at the AHT. I believe Sir Purr-a-lot is a great testament to their excellent work.”