Northampton feline charity struggles to make ends meet after hefty vet bills

A Cats Protection branch in Northampton has launched a fundraising appeal as treatment for four severely injured cats has left it with a £2,200 bill.

Thursday, 24th March 2016, 6:29 am
Tiny Mickey was born with part of his leg missing.

Diana Johnson, a volunteer at the branch, said it has taken on an unusually high number of cats needing “complex treatment” in a short space of time, which has left the branch short on funds.

She said: “Fortunately most of the cats we take in for rehoming are fit and healthy but, from time to time, we do take in injured cats that need some veterinary care.”

Earlier on this year the branch treated three cats with medical issues who all needed one leg amputated.

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Cats Protection Northampton managed to take care of Oscar, who suffered a leg injury in a car accident; Mickey, a kitten born with part of his leg missing; and Raja, who had a badly damaged elbow joint.

A fourth cat and former stray, Hamish then needed prolonged surgery to repair a severe jaw injury that is thought to have been caused in a road accident.

Diana added: “In the space of just one month we took in three cats that all needed a leg to be amputated, an unlucky coincidence that needed a great deal of complex treatment and care.

“It would be wonderful if local cat lovers could spare a few pounds to help us recoup the cost of their veterinary treatment and help us carry on helping local cats.”

All three-legged cats have now been rehomed after recovering from surgery, while Hamish is still on the mend.

The Northampton branch was founded over 30 years ago and has successfully managed to rehome 228 unwanted cats in the past year, which have been in their care.

Anyone wishing to donate to the appeal can do so by visiting the Just Giving page at or by sending a cheque made payable to Northampton Cats Protection to PO Box 5522, Northampton, NN4 8ZP