Cat 'Bungle' left blind in one eye after 'being hit or kicked'
A FAMILY are warning other cat owners to be on their guard after their pet was attacked by yobs leaving it blind in one eye.
Expectant parents Max and Emma Wignall found three-year-old cat, Bungle, crying to be let in at the back door of their home in Hereford Avenue, Clayton, suffering from an horrific injury to his left eye.
At first they thought the wound had been caused during a fight with another cats, but vets who examined him told them the injury was caused by 'blunt trauma'.
Therapist Emma, aged 27, who is currently four months pregnant, said: "We had only let the cats out for about 45 minutes.
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"We heard a whining sound at the back door, which was Bungle.
"His eye was dripping blood onto the floor.
"We took him to the vets and every time they opened his eye it was covered in blood.
"We had to take him to an eye specialist in Shrewsbury.
"They said that because of the amount of damage and blood, the injury was caused by a blunt trauma, probably a punch or a kick.
"That type of injury can be caused by being hit by a car, but he has no other injuries, so the vet said it would be highly unlikely.
"It was most likely that someone hit him or kicked him, or threw something at him.
"The vet said it is not something that would have happened by accident.
"He's such a sweet natured little cat.
"I think it is disgusting. I can't believe anyone would treat a defenceless animal this way."
The couple, who also have a five-year-old cat Fidget, have so far spent £700 on vet bills and still have a major operation to remove Bungle's damaged eye to pay for.
Emma added: "Fortunately we have pet insurance, or else I don't know where we would find the money from."
Max, aged 28, who works for Vodafone, said: "His eye is a mess. He has got a detached retina, so it must have been quite a forceful blow.
"He's such a sweet cat, we call him Bungle because he's just like a big soppy bear. He wouldn't hurt anything.
"We reported it to the RSPCA. They are going to log the details in case there are any similar incidents but here's not a lot else they can do.
"We are going to be knocking on doors around our neighbourhood, on the RSPCA's advice, to warn people about what has happened."
Vet Isabel Forman, of Friarswood Vetinary Centre, in Newcastle, said: "The injury was caused by some sort of blunt trauma."
An RSPCA spokesman said: "We are sad to hear about what has happened to this cat, and if anyone has any information in regards to how this cat was injured or if someone had done it deliberately, then we would always urge people to report incidents of cruelty to the RSPCA."
Animal cruelty can be reported to the RSPCA by calling 0300 1234 999.