Charity plea: “keep cats away from open windows” – six injured, two fatal falls for poor kitties
National pet charity Blue Cross is sending out a firm plea to cat owners to be aware of open windows or put up screens and netting on windows and balconies to save beloved pets from falling out after six cats are treated over the weekend with severe and fatal injuries.
Every summer, the Blue Cross animal hospitals see a number of cats being brought in with serious and sometimes fatal injuries after they’ve fallen foul of open windows and balconies.
Currently, the charity’s Victoria animal hospital is caring for five cats who were brought in over the weekend, sadly including a fatality. The five cats at Victoria were admitted between Friday and Sunday and came in separately after each fell from various heights during the warmer weather.
Blue Cross animal hospital in Hammersmith also admitted more than four cats in four weeks, including one this weekend.
Alison Thomas, Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Victoria animal hospital said: “This time of year is always a big concern for Blue Cross. Every year we get cats in with horrible injuries as they fall out of windows or off balconies. It’s a serious issue that can be prevented very easily and without much expense.”
Alison added: “Sadly, this is quite common when it’s warm as owners leave windows open to keep cool. Cats get curious about the sounds and smells outside and may lose their footing and fall. After treating more than five cats in just four days and sadly losing some due to such terrible injuries following falls, we really hope more owners will take heed and make their windows safe for their pets.”