NATIONAL Black Cat Day is held each year on 27 October. The day celebrates black and black-and-white cats, who on average take longer than other cats to be rehomed.
Minnie must have been so sad and confused. The young cat’s owners upped and left one day to never return, leaving the poor girl all alone in a flat without enough food or water, if any at all.
It was in the height of the heatwave in 2020 and the black and white moggy was soon starving and severely dehydrated. And so, in a desperate bid for survival, she leapt out of the window and fell two storeys.
The fall alone could have killed her, and while she was lucky enough to emerge from it unscathed, she had no energy left in her fragile body to move from where she had landed. So she just lay there, emaciated and scared.
Thankfully, she was found just in time by a member of the public who took her to Together for Animals member, Blue Cross’ animal hospital in Victoria, central London.
Nobody knows exactly how long she had been alone, but by the time she arrived in their care, she weighed just 1.4kg – almost half of what a healthy kitten her age should have been. She was also in terrible condition, with a flaky coat, bald patches around her eyes and sparse fur on her ears.
Amanda Marrington, London Welfare Officer, said:
“The person that brought her in said that Minnie had fallen from a height of two storeys after being abandoned by the owners, who were neighbours.
“She was severely emaciated and dehydrated. Thankfully, nothing showed up as broken on her X-rays. She was ravenously hungry and put on fluids and pain relief. We had to start to slowly rehydrate and feed her.
“Despite all she had been through she was so gentle and just craved attention. She was so sweet.”
After a week of round-the-clock care at Victoria, Minnie went to a rehoming centre and although nervous, Minnie was a sweet girl who stole the hearts of those caring for her.
She had to be fed little and often on a special digestive diet and was wary of new things, but she soon grew in confidence. After six weeks in Blue Cross care, Minnie found a loving home where she’ll be safe and happy.
By supporting Together for Animals you are helping give animals the care, love and veterinary treatments they need while waiting for their forever homes. A donation of £5 a month helps Together for Animals’ member charities keep pets safe and warm in their rehoming centres until they find loving new homes.