Cat with no ears is first animal rehomed from Battersea following restrictions

A rescue cat with no ears is the first Battersea animal to go to a new home after the charity resumes rehoming cats and dogs.

Missy, a tortoiseshell was taken to the charity’s London centre at the start of February when her owner’s circumstances changed. Shortly after arriving, staff noticed that the three-year old cat often seemed unhappy and was frequently shaking her head.

Battersea’s team of vets ran tests and discovered both her ears contained polyp masses and were severely infected. After exploring all options, vets made the decision to operate on Missy’s ear canals and remove the outside of her ears.

Battersea has now started to rehome some of its dogs and cats following Government approved guidance, and Missy was finally able to go to her new home in Lambeth last week.

Cattery Team Leader Michelle Henry-Clement said: “Beautiful Missy is truly one of a kind. Although she may appear ‘earless’, she can still hear perfectly well and quickly became a much happier cat following her treatment.

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this sweet girl during her time with us, when we haven’t been cuddling or playing together with her favourite string toys, she’s kept us entertained with her funny, seal-like belly flops. We were sad to say goodbye to our unique cat but very excited for her to start the next chapter of her life.”

Battersea staff are working hard to respond to rehoming enquires and to rehome dogs and cats following Government approved guidelines. The charity is currently prioritising applications and customers who live a short distance from its three centres.

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