A cat who was rescued from an overcrowded home has survived being shot in the neck – and has just given birth to six healthy kittens.
Animal welfare inspectors say Rosie the cat’s remarkable story has again highlighted concerns about the problem of yobs shooting cats for fun.
The hardy pet is recovering at a private cattery in Cardiff while RSPCA animal welfare officer Cerriann Evans searches for a suitable home for her.
Cerriann said: “Rosie came into us heavily pregnant and underweight after being rescued from a multi-cat household by our inspectorate team.
“A few days after being in our care she gave birth to six kittens, who are now nine weeks old. Two of them have been rehoused.
“I took Rosie to be spayed last week and while she was undergoing a pre-operative examination, the nurse noticed an unusual lump on her side.
“It turned out to be a pellet, which the vet removed while Rosie while she was under anaesthetic.
“She must have been shot a while ago, before she was pregnant, because the wound had healed.
“The pellet was lodged in her but she just kept battling on.
“When we first had her she was looked like a big ball on legs, being underweight and so heavily pregnant.
“It is fortunate that she was shot just below the neck which meant the unborn kittens weren’t hurt.
“Rosie is really very friendly. She’s a sweetie.”
She added: “Unfortunately, it is still the cases that youngsters find it quite fun to go out and shoot at cats. It has been the case for some time and is an ongoing problem.”
Cerriann said they were looking for a suitable home for Rosie and her kittens, although they did not necessarily have to remain together.
She said: “I do home visits prior to every re-homing. Once I have done a home visit, we then arrange for the potential adopters to come and meet the cats.
“The branches of the RSPCA are separate charities. We receive no government or lottery funding and no financial aid from the National Society of the RSPCA.
“Our work helping local animals in need depends entirely on the generosity of the public.”
Anyone interested in adopting Rosie and/or her remaining four kitten should contact RSPCA Cardiff and District Branch, 74 Merthyr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 1DJ. Telephone: 029 2052 1177.
Details on how people can donate or get involved are on our website www.rspca-cardiff.org.uk